Gilmore’s vacuous talk suits his invisible role

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By Brian Feeney (for Irish News)

Eamon Gilmore made a speech in Cambridge at the weekend to the British-Irish association. It made depressing reading for a number of reasons. As minister of Foreign Affairs he’s supposed to be the man in the Irish government dealing with the North yet there’s only one word for this speech, the longest he’s made about this place since he took office, and that word is vacuous. The Irish Times, a paper that has no northern nationalist voice among its columnists, got all excited with Gilmore’s remarks about the need to acknowledge unionists’ ‘perception’ that the Irish government hadn’t done enough to deal with the IRA during the Troubles. Correctly no-one else in the south paid a blind bit of notice because the remarks were devoid of specifics as indeed was his whole speech.

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