But this watershed event in Belfast leaves this (half) Irishman feeling . . . well, feeling like shaking hands and agreeing to get along is merely a prelude to a lasting peace in the long-troubled province, and there already have been far too many preludes and still no lasting peace.The decades of violence, most notably that perpetrated on
And there is, in a sense, less than meets the eye to Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley making nice at the Stormont Assembly.
McGuinness is deputy head of the predominately Catholic Sinn Fein, while
The long sectarian war has been hell and peace elusive. Will it be any different this time? Will hand shakes lead to a reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants? I can only pray that it will, but I am not optimistic.
Photograph by Paul Faith