Monitor- All the News of the World: The Irish Press Assesses Clinton's Visit to Northern Ireland
THIS VISIT has crowned this process of increasingly positive American involvement in the Northern Ireland crisis. There have, it is true, been criticisms - in this state rather than in Northern Ireland - of other aspects of US policy elsewhere in the world, in particular of the bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan. There is little public support here for that kind of unilateral action, and, in other circumstances, an Irish government might have expressed concern at this action. But in the light of the most positive role President Clinton has played in relation to Northern Ireland, realpolitik has imposed reticence on this issue.
THIS HAS been an important week for Ireland and another memorable one for President Clinton. Whatever the worries about hype, the visit to Omagh has played an important part in the healing process for the injured, the bereaved and their families. It was unfortunate (if predictable) that some reporters exploited a photocall to question the President on Monica Lewinsky. It had no bearing on the purpose of his visit, or its importance. …