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Our Day Has Come...
Liam O Comain • 30.11.03

The Belfast Agreement instutionalised sectarianism and through its continual existence especially via the recent Stormont election the polarization between the nationalist and unionist positions has reached a new high.

The key question is whether Ian Paisley the founder and present leader of the so called Democratic Unionist Party has the control of the party as he once had or is the younger elements like Robinson and Dodds slowly removing Paisley's crown.

If so then as politicians lacking biblical authority they may well live up to being true adherents of the science of the possible and in turn agree to work the agreement.

If however they speak from the same and well worn bigotry volume as the reverend Dr. then the Provos leadership strategy has met with a terminal decline.

Ironically as opponents of the agreement we should be jumping for joy arising from recent developments but as disunited 'dissidents' we are not in a position to capitalise from the reality.

For too long many have intellectualised and forgot the art of marching,etc,under the banner of 'united we stand- divided we fall'.

And as one can reckon if its ultimate demise is replaced with joint authority unfortunately in the name of that ' authority' partition may well become a permanent feature.

In fact joint authority would be a more dangerous obstacle than the Belfast Agreement to the realization of progressive political and social policies for the welfare of the Irish people.

Which raises the question is it not about time that we so called 'dissidents' whether we belong to a party or not convene and discuss the options which we have (if any) and then activate an agreed strategy.

This does not imply a melt down of ones political identity nor does it imply the evolution of a talking shop but it does imply a process of extra- parliamentary street politics. In other words let us activate our agreed ideas before it is too late. Let us act now in opposition to the advent of possible joint authority.

The exercise will at least do us good politically for there are those out there awaiting some form of leadership. And even if we can only activate a few in the streets initially let us bear in mind the wisdom contained within the expression of the 1848 republican, William Rooney, that: 'the single seed eventually fills the cornfield'.









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30 November 2003


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Ignore the Headlines

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Doing Well for Themselves Alone
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Our Day Has Come...
Liam O'Comain


Paying the Price
Anthony McIntyre


Sinn Féin Advances Enhances Process
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'RSF satisfied with outcome - time to consider alternatives'

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Poll Result Highlights Flawed Agreement
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Election Comment


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Where Two or Three Shall Gather...
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Julian Robertson Interviewed

Anthony McIntyre


From the Franklin River to the Chalillo Dam
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Rafah Today
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