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Northern Ireland

Asked that in the spirit of looking forward, not back, what was happening with the Northern Ireland visit later in the week, the PMOS said that we had set up a Committee for Preparing for Government to try and meet the deadline of 24th November for restoration of devolution. The Prime Minister and the Taoseach would meet the parties on Thursday essentially to assess what had happened, and also to ensure that momentum continued towards the November deadline.

Asked if this was now a history lesson, the PMOS said: no. This constituted as looking forward to Thursday and to November. In Northern Ireland, history was a subject which took a lot longer than that to go over. The PMOS asked which starting point would people want? 1690 or 1160?
The journalist replied 1690, and the PMOS said that he would have to spend quite a bit of time explaining why he had started at 1690 and not 1160.

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