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Impasse threatens secure peace in Northern Ireland, Cardinal Brady warns

November 17, 2008

A political impasse is "undermining those who believe Northern Ireland has a brighter future," Cardinal Sean Brady warned in a November 17 speech. The Primate of All Ireland said that if it continues, the impasse could increase the risks of renwed violence because it "encourages those who believe the future can be based on something other than power-sharing and institutions which give due recognition to the two main political aspirations which have been at the heart of the conflict here for centuries." The people of Northern Ireland must move forward to build a stable peace, the cardinal said, because the world is watching. He mentioned that on a recent visit to the Gaza Strip, he met many people "who looked to Northern Ireland as a reason for their hope."


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