Ordeal Is over for Matt Morrison and His Family : Change Signals New Stage in Irish Peace Process

By Morrison, Matt | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), September 14, 1997 | Go to article overview

Ordeal Is over for Matt Morrison and His Family : Change Signals New Stage in Irish Peace Process


Morrison, Matt, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


The poet Seamus Heaney speaks of that rare occasion when "hope and history rhyme." The current peace process in Ireland announces the arrival of such a moment.

The recently declared IRA cease-fire created the atmosphere in which all sides could sit down at the peace table. Equally true is that the cease-fire itself was the result of the Irish, American and British governments' willingness to signal their commitment to work for positive change in the shape of inclusive, all-party talks.

Changes of government in Ireland and England and the election of new Prime Ministers Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair facilitated forward movement in the search for a peaceful resolution to the conflict that has taken such a toll on the small and divided island of Ireland. The Clinton administration has applied itself with vigor to the task of making peace a reality and to making peace with justice an attainable goal. The president, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Sen. George Mitchell have demonstrated that the United States can indeed be an "honest broker" in this conflict and is prepared to demonstrate (as shown by the resolution of the Irish deportation cases) that there are peace dividends for those who are ready to take a risk to make lasting peace a reality. …

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