22/02/2018 The View


22/02/2018

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Whatever you choose to call it -

a draft deal, a draft framework,

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an accomodation, an understanding -

the process is over and we're

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back in limbo - again.

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But how do we pick up the pieces -

and where do we go from here?

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Welcome to The View...

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It was the week in which the only

barrier to agreement seemed to be

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several sets of square brackets.

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The DUP's Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

and Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly

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are with me to explain why the words

contained within those brackets have

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been allowed to become the source

of the latest political dispute

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here.

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I'll be asking them how they plan

to break the current

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logjam over devolution,

direct rule and Dublin involvement.

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And as the first formal steps

are taken to hold a referendum

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on abortion in the Republic, we hear

from both sides in the debate...

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I have been called a murderer. I

know that I'm not. That is all that

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matters. How I sleep at night is

that by 100% do not believe that.

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Less women are having abortions

because our society has become more

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tolerant and compassionate and

giving women better support.

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And back

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in Commentators' Corner

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to reflect on the latest

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twists and turns -

the News Letter's Sam McBride

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and Allison Morris

from the Irish News...

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Hello.

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It's just over a week since

the Stormont talks collapsed amidst

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finger-pointing and recrimination.

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Since then we've seen

the publication of a leaked thirteen

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page 'draft agreement text',

the status of which the two big

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parties refuse to agree on.

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We've had statements, denials,

assurances and a series

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of Prime Ministerial meetings.

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What we haven't had is any clear

idea of what happens next.

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Let's see if Jeffrey Donaldson

and Gerry Kelly can clarify

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things for us tonight.

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Welcome to you both...

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Thank you for joining us. Sir

Jeffrey

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Thank you for joining us. Sir

Jeffrey, before we dive in, you have

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come from a meeting with the DUP

executive, that meeting was

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discussing a restructuring of party

officers, what form did that take?

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I'm not sure where that came from.

It wasn't our meeting for changing

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anything. We received a report back

from the party leader, from our

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negotiation team on the talks. The

executive strongly endorsed the

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stance taken by our leader and the

talks team.

No promotion Saudi

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motions? Was Arlene Foster's

leadership discussed formally?

Not

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at all -- or demotions.

Nothing

about the past ten days?

There was

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strong support for her at the

meeting tonight.

Was it unanimous

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support?

I would describe it that

way. As always, in the party, we had

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a good debate on the issues but in

terms of the leadership, not a

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single dissenting voice.

A good

debate about the issues, there were

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dissenting voices on how the

situation was handled?

I wouldn't

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say that. A good debate is on the

issues. There was no dissent around

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the stance the party had taken.

Arlene Foster said yesterday very

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clearly that she was never

contemplating an Irish language act.

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Do you believe her when she says

that? Absolutely.

Do think everybody

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else believes her? The facts speak

for themselves. The DUP made their

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position clear. We do not dislike

people speaking in Irish and

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teaching their children Irish, we

spent £192 million in the last five

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years on the Irish language in

Northern Ireland, £192 million.

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Those are not my figures,

independently verified statistics.

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Now, that being the case, the

question for me is, what do we do

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next? The bottom line, Mark, it is

clear for my party. We uphold and

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respect the right of whoever chooses

and wishes to speak and learn a

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language in Northern Ireland. But we

do not believe it is right to impose

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that language on others.

Who is

suggesting imposing it? A lot of

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proposals that have come forward

from the Irish language groups and

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Sinn Fein, they include signage,

using the language in public

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services, having a quota for people

taking up employment in public

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services... In this text, I have it

in front of me, I'm sure you've read

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it, 13 pages, are those issues

addressed. These negotiations in the

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text, you made it clear?

Yes, but

there are issues still contained

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within the proposals that we find

unacceptable.

But it was a very

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advanced piece of work. Tightly

argued and carefully drafted over a

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very long period of time. Ready to

be signed off on. Presentational

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differences only at the very end.

With respect, I think they were more

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than presentational. Square brackets

around key elements of the document

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show there still wasn't agreement on

the text within the document. Still

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not agreement on some of the

proposals, specifically related to

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the Irish language act. If anyone

takes time to read the document in

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any great detail, the number of

words inside square brackets, that

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is very small in proportion to the

13 pages?

As Arlene Foster made

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clear, before the talks came to an

end, we had made real progress

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across a range of issues. We do not

deny that. It is our progress, we

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worked hard to make it.

With the

greatest respect, your colleague,

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Gregory Campbell, on the programme

last week, he denied the DUP's

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fingerprints were over this text at

all. He said it was of no more

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significance of any of the papers

exchanged over the last few weeks.

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One week and it looks very

different?

Let me be very clear. The

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document that you have is the latest

iteration in a whole series of

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documents that were exchanged

between the two parties. The

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document was constantly changing.

The final iteration...

That is not

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the final iteration. I disagree, it

is not the final iteration. It

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cannot be because it is not agreed.

There are still elements of that

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document not agreed. Let me be

clear, in order for us to agree to

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the proposals, they need to be

changes to the text that is that. We

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cannot and will not accept the

document in its current form. That's

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our position. Gregory Rose White to

say that there is -- Gregory was

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right to say there is not an

agreement.

But there was a very well

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developed most recent iteration of

that document, and it is clear, if

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you read Eamon Malley and Brian

Rowan, there was a large

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correspondence around that, during

which senior representatives of the

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DUP, your party negotiators, were

negotiating under the headline of

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"Final draft agreement text".

The

keywords you use there is the most

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recent iteration. That's all. It is

not the final product. It cannot be.

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Because it has not been agreed.

You

pulled out. It is the last draft.

It

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was as far as we had got.

You

decided to walk out, you did not

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tell us all the British government

you were walking out, or the Irish

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government. You went straight to the

press and you pulled the

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negotiations down. For the record,

that is a DUP draft. That is the

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draft that came from the DUP.

It

came from the DUP to Sinn Fein?

It

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can be proven, it was sent by

e-mail.

Do you accept Jeffrey

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Donaldson's point that there are

significant portions of this that

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remain inside of square brackets

which have not been signed off on.

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As you pointed out, these are

presentational issues. But, let's

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get back to this, Jeffrey started

off on facts and he talked about 192

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million. Let's deal with that. The

statistic is that education involved

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in the Irish language medium. The

children who have a human right to

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education, that money would have

been spent on them anyway. So here

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we go again. With this

misinterpretation of what was said.

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He started arguing against himself

over the issue that this was going

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to be thrust on people.

I did not

say that.

Your supporters said that.

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But the DUP were in negotiations.

The DUP knew that it was not true.

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Unhelpful for Sinn Fein, to have

Irish language activists saying that

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on the airwaves. That undercut your

position.

It doesn't matter, people

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have the right to say whatever they

want to say.

But it did not help you

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in the negotiations, it spooked the

DUP.

To be clear, DUP negotiations

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went through line by line of the

legislation involved in the Irish

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language act. And the Ulster Scots

act. They went through and agreed

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it.

What I am interested in, you

have accepted, Jeffrey, that there

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was not a deal that you have said

there was a long process of

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negotiation and this document is the

most recent iteration of that

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process, you accept that it was

carefully drafted and worded and a

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lot of hard work went into it. On

Tuesday night, on Spotlight, your

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colleague said he had a hand in

writing this document, Gregory

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Campbell said it did not exist a

week ago but things have moved on.

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This draft is 13 pages long, and it

has a series of detailed annexes.

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These bills spreading across some 20

pages, according to tonight's latest

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revelation on the Eamon Malley

website. It doesn't stand up to

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intelligent scrutiny. You saying

that suddenly at the last movement,

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all of the Irish language stuff

would come out? I'm not saying that

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at all.

I'm saying that elements of

the document on the Irish language

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had not been agreed. We have major

concerns on those proposals. In

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relation to the draft legislation...

The point is the bits within square

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brackets were not agree. There's

plenty in here about it, not in

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square brackets, but it was

officially recognition of the

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language status in Northern Ireland.

Going through the details of what

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the commissioner would do and will

not do, the best practice standards,

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the same thing for Ulster Scots and

the same for the white respecting

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diversity. Those are not in square

brackets.

They are not but the

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principle of how they will be dealt

with why not agreed. On the basis

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that nothing is agreed until

everything is agreed, that's the

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basis on which we operate. I can say

to you...

You walked out! Of the

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negotiations.

That was not prepared

by our negotiators, the draft

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legislation was drawn up by

officials within the Northern

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Ireland Office, who looked at the

latest iteration and where it had

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got to. We had not accepted or

endorsed or said that we would run

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with any of that stuff. The reason

being, we had not agreed to

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anything.

You were preparing to do a

deal that would include legislation

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for the Irish language act. It does

not tie in with what your party

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leaders said the other day. She was

not contemplating it at all. Clearly

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someone in the DUP was contemplating

it.

We never said that we could not

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legislate, what we said was that we

would not agree to a freestanding

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Irish language act. That is what we

have said.

You would accept Irish

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language legislation? Actually, this

has shifted...

We already have Irish

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language legislation.

Fresh Irish

language legislation?

We said we

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would look but we are clear that

while we will uphold the right of

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people, if they so wish, to learn or

speak Irish, what we will not agree

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to, this is where there are

difficulties to what is proposed at

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the moment, we think it still

crosses the boundary for us and that

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is that we do not want to have

circumstances for people who do not

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want to speak Irish have it imposed

upon them.

Where is it mentioned?

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Where has anyone suggested that? He

does not want that, why do you keep

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mentioning it?

There are elements in

these proposals that give us cause.

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Can you clarify this for us?

It has

been clarified over and again. There

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was no issue of making anything

compulsory for people to deduct

what

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about craters?

Quotas were not

involved. -- Reuters.

And finally,

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here is the reality of the

situation. With Sinn Fein's

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determination to push for a

freestanding Irish language act, it

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has brought the whole thing tumbling

down around everyone's ears. If you

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had been realistic and listened more

carefully to DUP negotiators, you

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would have accepted that they could

not sell it.

Why would it be up to

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me? They are the negotiators, they

need to work out what they can and

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cannot do.

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cannot do. You'd expect for 20

minutes. Let's deal with the issues.

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We got to this draft act, whatever

you want to call it, but that's what

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it was. The fact that Jeffrey hasn't

answered is that they didn't come

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back and argue for something else,

they walk out, they walked out. They

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brought this to a fault. In fact,

one of the things I noticed earlier

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on, either love -- I believe

Baroness Paisley said, we wouldn't

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be in any of this if you'd read the

text. Let me say this, because

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Jeffrey spoke for quite a long time.

At the core of this, what we are

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dealing with and the issues we are

dealing with other whether it is

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legacy or the Irish language act, is

that the DUP's stance is to refuse

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those rights which exist everywhere

else on these islands.

That is not

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the case.

Their people supportive of

an Irish culture and language and

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feel there is not parity of esteem

for their worldview in Northern

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Ireland.

What rights do they not

have that I have?

They don't feel

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that their Irish this is respected.

He is an -- give me an example of

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how people who regard themselves as

Irish living on this part of the

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eyelid of parity of esteem with

people who are British. -- part of

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the island.

It costs five times more

to educate an Irish child than it

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costs to educate the children that

go to the schools that go in the

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community 's...

You answer my

question?

My Britishness is being

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eroded. I could sit here and say

that my rights are being denied. I

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see my Britishness being diminished

in Northern Ireland.

How?

When I

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hear people in Sinn Fein constantly

denigrating my Britishness, I can

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say that my rights... I don't

accept... I do not accept that Irish

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language speakers in Northern

Ireland have been denied rights. I

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don't accept that. I think we have

provided very generously for the

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Irish language.

Collectively. Listen

to what he's saying, he is saying

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that... He is saying they had not

been denied rights.

And yet we were

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so far on in talking about this, so

now Jeffrey is saying all of that

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stuff is nonsense, because their

actual position is that there were

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no rights to talk about in the first

place.

I'd love to have time to

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explore this because I think it's

interesting. Make it quick.

Less

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than 1% of people in Northern

Ireland speak Irish as their first

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language.

It's become totemic

because of how DUP has handled it in

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the past.

That's rubbish.

Jeffrey,

you don't think the decision that

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was made 18 months ago has made a

difference? You don't think that

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weaponised the issue?

Sinn Fein

weaponised the issue.

You don't

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think those things caused

difficulties?

When you set those

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things alongside what the Northern

Ireland Assembly has done to promote

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the Irish language in Northern

Ireland, at huge cost, I don't

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accept that a language spoken by 1%

of the population of Northern

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Ireland...

This document looks like

you were preparing to do an awful

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lot more. I would ask you where we

go from here. Is this document the

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basis for future talks, Jerry Kelly?

You can't look at and close down the

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negotiations, which is what was

done, and we didn't know they were

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going to do it, the British and

Irish governments didn't know, they

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walked out in the middle of what was

a meeting.

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OLD TALK AT ONCE.

You walked out in November.

Martin

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McGuinness walked out last January.

I'm just stating that is what they

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did.

And others walked out,

including Sinn Fein.

What was your

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question?

What is the plan B?

You

can't walk out one day and then have

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the cheek the

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the cheek the next day, within

hours, to say, we need to go back

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into talks, when everybody knows

what the issues are, when we spent

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13 months trying to work it out,

when we made huge progress and then

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the DUP, for their own reasons, were

unwilling to sell it, or they

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couldn't sell it.

Is Sinn Fein still

prepared to go into talks?

Where we

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go from here is, because the DUP are

refusing on three issues, not just

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the Irish language, give people

their rights, the two governments

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were signatories to the Irish

language act in the St Andrews

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agreement as well, and the legacy

issues which the British government

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has had sitting there for two years,

we need to pick that up but

we don't

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have a lot of time, so you'd like to

see Westminster dealing with these

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issues?

I was in any of those

sectors, the

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sectors, the Irish language or

marriage equality, I'd want that

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moved ahead. The two governments

have the responsibility, in the

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absence of the executive. I want the

executive up.

But if that doesn't

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happen, you are saying that the two

governments take these issues to

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Westminster and legislate there?

I'm

saying, set up the British Irish

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intergovernmental conference and,

yes, sort out these things. The two

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governments should be involved.

Legislate through Westminster? Is

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that something you could agree with?

Take it out of your hands and then

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there is plausible deniability

all-round and then all of the

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problems you had with the document

the British equitable deal with at

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Westminster and you could look your

supporters in the eye and say, not

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my fault.

No, it's not the right

thing to do. The right thing is to

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take responsibility.

What does that

mean?

The Irish government don't sit

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at Westminster, so any government

taken forward for Northern Ireland

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will be by the government of

northern Lee the United Kingdom.

Do

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you mean by legislating at

Westminster or getting back into

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talks with Sinn Fein and sorting the

matter out and getting devolution

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back up and running? Why did you

walk away from the talks?

If they

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hadn't walked out, we could have

been sorting this out. That's what

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that was about.

You're not going to

cut yourself out of this one.

Hold

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on,...

We said the talks, as far as

these proposals were concerned, we

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didn't feel there was going to be a

meeting of minds.

And what happens

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now?

In terms of where we are, we

have set, and I repeat this, and

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while we are sitting here tonight,

talking about this, I can tell you

0:22:050:22:11

that back home in my constituency,

what people are really interested in

0:22:110:22:14

is waiting lists and hospitals.

And

I appreciate this.

We know it, so I

0:22:140:22:22

don't want to waste time. People

don't disagree.

I don't think we

0:22:220:22:27

waste time when we talk about the

issues that really matter to people.

0:22:270:22:31

This also matters.

You withdraw your

preconditions and let's form the

0:22:310:22:37

executive today, and we can continue

in parallel with taking the

0:22:370:22:43

decisions that help ordinary people

who are waiting for operations,

0:22:430:22:48

school principals struggling...

You

have made this point.

Let's form the

0:22:480:22:54

executive and continue to try and

work out these issues.

I appreciate

0:22:540:22:58

the frank exchange of views, and I

know we have tried to cover a lot of

0:22:580:23:02

ground. Should people be optimistic

that there is a glimmer of hope,

0:23:020:23:06

that these issues would seem

intractable can be sorted out

0:23:060:23:10

quickly?

In my opinion there was not

an intractable problem that we've

0:23:100:23:15

sold problems than this. If you

wanted to move this forward, the

0:23:150:23:22

first thing, the DUP said they want

to be involved, it's about legacy.

0:23:220:23:26

Give the money to the Lord Chief

Justice and there are victims who

0:23:260:23:32

have been waiting 45, 46 years, give

them some respect, give the money to

0:23:320:23:36

the Lord Chief Justice, that's

nothing to do with politics.

That

0:23:360:23:40

isn't in this document.

That is

because we were involved in

0:23:400:23:47

discussions with the British

government.

And you agreed that?

0:23:470:23:52

There is a bit of sarcasm coming

from the right.

And you agreed it

0:23:520:23:56

with the British government is to

mock

yes. The consultation was going

0:23:560:24:01

to be put out and the money was

going to be released to the Lord

0:24:010:24:05

Chief Justice.

When was it agreed?

Alongside that.

Why can't that

0:24:050:24:13

go-ahead?

It should.

Even though

this agreement has fallen?

It should

0:24:130:24:18

go ahead. If that issue of legacy

payments has been agreed by Sinn

0:24:180:24:28

Fein and the British government.

Yes.

We are

0:24:280:24:37

Yes.

We are happy...

We believe

victims and survivors should now

0:24:370:24:39

have their say and it is long past

time when they should have their say

0:24:390:24:44

on those proposals, but as for

handing over money to one element of

0:24:440:24:48

the legacy problem, we don't

believe...

The Lord Chief Justice

0:24:480:24:52

has asked for this money. I trust

him to be an impartial legal figure

0:24:520:24:56

who does what is right for everybody

in Northern Ireland?

It isn't that

0:24:560:25:00

we don't trust the Lord Chief

Justice.

So you couldn't disagree

0:25:000:25:07

with his call for the money.

We are

saying there is also money needed to

0:25:070:25:12

investigate the unsolved murders for

thousands of innocent people while

0:25:120:25:14

waiting and waiting for their cases

to be dealt with and, because they

0:25:140:25:19

haven't gone for an inquest, they

are not getting priority, and that's

0:25:190:25:23

just not fair.

To be clear, and we

are ticking extra time, because this

0:25:230:25:27

is an interesting development.

A

moment ago, Jeffrey said he didn't

0:25:270:25:33

know there were negotiations going

on about the legacy, and now he has

0:25:330:25:36

given the opinions on it.

In queue

is to know, let's take a minute or

0:25:360:25:41

two more, because we've got

somewhere I didn't think we'd get

0:25:410:25:44

to. -- I am curious to know. Did the

DUP know that that issue had been

0:25:440:25:52

agreed between Sinn Fein and the

British government?

We certainly

0:25:520:25:54

didn't. I am our party's

representative on legacy issues. I

0:25:540:26:02

can tell you now that I am certainly

not aware of, and was not aware of,

0:26:020:26:06

the government agreed with Sinn Fein

they were going to hand over money.

0:26:060:26:13

To be absolutely clear, Jerry Kelly

has told me that's been agreed, and

0:26:130:26:17

I have to take his word, but you are

now telling me, as the DUP's person

0:26:170:26:21

on this, that you didn't know.

Absolutely.

Is that a surprise to

0:26:210:26:27

you? Is a surprise it can say that?

-- a surprise to hear him say that.

0:26:270:26:37

As I understand it, and you may

contradict this, I understood that

0:26:370:26:45

members of the officer board of the

DUP said, maybe including yourself,

0:26:450:26:50

that you didn't know how far this

agreement had gone. And therefore

0:26:500:26:54

you didn't know about this as well.

Is that right? So now you are

0:26:540:26:57

talking as if you were completely...

You've been left out in the cold by

0:26:570:27:04

your own party.

You are a version of

events from Jerry Kelly. I will

0:27:040:27:10

speak on this issue for the DUP, but

I can tell you categorically that

0:27:100:27:15

the DUP has not been involved in

discussions, or been party...

Here

0:27:150:27:19

is what happened the macro

explain

it to us.

It was what happened.

0:27:190:27:28

Arlene Foster was very upset she was

getting back the legacy money.

0:27:280:27:36

Jeffrey Donaldson has now told us

they were holding back that money. I

0:27:360:27:39

said, OK, well, what is it

precisely? I was being told by the

0:27:390:27:46

negotiators they had no problem with

that. And one of the other

0:27:460:27:52

negotiators, who was clearly more in

charge, said, hold on, we have a

0:27:520:27:57

position. Explain that the officer

board didn't know what was going on?

0:27:570:28:06

I presume parts of the board,

certainly the lead of your party,

0:28:060:28:09

was involved in the negotiations.

0:28:090:28:14

What is communication like at senior

levels in the DUP?

Excellent, in

0:28:140:28:19

relation to the legacy inquest and

funding and legacy proposals, no

0:28:190:28:24

such proposal was put to me. I most

certainly am not aware of any

0:28:240:28:28

agreement reached between Sinn Fein

and the UK Government to hand over

0:28:280:28:33

money for legacies.

This is

interesting, he did not know about

0:28:330:28:36

that. Gerry was surprised you did

not know that, it seems that Gregory

0:28:360:28:42

Campbell did not know some of the

details of this agreement last week

0:28:420:28:45

either. Where there is some

negotiators trying to go ahead and

0:28:450:28:49

reach compromises with Sinn Fein and

other senior members of the party

0:28:490:28:52

were not told about that?

I do not

believe that is the case.

Could you

0:28:520:28:57

understand why people may think

that?

Based on what Jerry is telling

0:28:570:29:01

you...

You say that you do not

believe him, and what he just said

0:29:010:29:05

tonight.

I have heard his version of

events. I am telling you that in the

0:29:050:29:13

meetings of the party officers that

I attended, that this issue did not

0:29:130:29:17

arise.

Did you attend them all?

I

was there at all of them.

Will you

0:29:170:29:25

phone after this to see how you were

blindsided?

I don't think I need to.

0:29:250:29:30

We are hearing what Sinn Fein were

saying but we will be talking to the

0:29:300:29:35

government at Westminster about it.

You would be pretty annoyed with the

0:29:350:29:39

government if you discovered what

Gerry Kelly was saying and you did

0:29:390:29:42

not know?

Once again the DUP are

refusing the rights of victims...

A

0:29:420:29:51

final question, we have gone way

over on this. Do you have a document

0:29:510:29:55

that clearly shows the issue of

legacy payments has been agreed

0:29:550:29:59

between Sinn Fein and the British

government? I can prove it. Will you

0:29:590:30:07

bring it into the public domain?

Otherwise we just had to take your

0:30:070:30:10

word for it.

You can take my word

for it. I understand, but it is not

0:30:100:30:15

my choice. It is not my decision.

Therefore I will not commit to put

0:30:150:30:21

it out there.

Unfortunately there we

just have to take your word for it

0:30:210:30:24

and it is your word against Sir

Jeffrey's.

Fair enough, but I have

0:30:240:30:28

not discussed this with the

leadership. I'm not going to give a

0:30:280:30:34

commitment on this programme.

It is

quite a development tonight, that is

0:30:340:30:36

for sure.

Just to be clear, to say

that the DUP, or Jeffrey, did not

0:30:360:30:46

know about this, is erroneous.

An

intriguing conversation. Thank you

0:30:460:30:50

to both of you for joining us and

thank you for your frank exchange of

0:30:500:30:55

views. I suspect that this is an

issue that we will come back to very

0:30:550:30:59

soon. And your phone may be beeping

overnight, I would have thought

0:30:590:31:03

people would want to talk to you! We

will leave it there. We are not

0:31:030:31:08

going to hear Shane Harrison's

report from Dublin on the reform of

0:31:080:31:12

the eighth amendment for obvious

reasons. I think you would

0:31:120:31:15

understand that. Of course, we will

endeavour to bring it to you as soon

0:31:150:31:19

as we can.

0:31:190:31:21

Now a change of guard

in Commentators' Corner tonight -

0:31:210:31:24

and I'm joined by the News Letter's

Political Editor, Sam McBride,

0:31:240:31:27

and Allison Morris

from the Irish News...

0:31:270:31:28

Welcome, we don't have a lot of

time. That was very interesting.

0:31:280:31:31

First, did you see that coming? Did

you know that there had been an

0:31:310:31:35

agreement between Sinn Fein and the

British comment on legacy?

I do

0:31:350:31:40

know, the 150,000,004 inquest a

completely different part of money.

0:31:400:31:47

Jeffrey was trying to combine the

two, they are very separate. It is

0:31:470:31:52

interesting, what we were told first

of all is that it wasn't a deal or a

0:31:520:31:55

draft but now what we are being told

is that there was a side deal in

0:31:550:31:59

relation to legacy between the

British government and Sinn Fein,

0:31:590:32:02

which would be good news if that was

the case for victims waiting on

0:32:020:32:06

inquests but it also shows the

distrust between the two parties

0:32:060:32:10

within those talks, that it is

greater than we thought. What

0:32:100:32:18

exactly was going on behind closed

doors, we had Gregory Campbell

0:32:240:32:26

denied that he was ever dealing in

the first place and Arlene Foster is

0:32:260:32:29

still denying that there was a deal

and Jeffrey Donaldson saying that

0:32:290:32:32

they had agreed to most of the

proposals. I am proud of the fact

0:32:320:32:34

that he helped to write it, even

though we were told two days before

0:32:340:32:37

that it did not exist.

I don't know

if you -- what you make of what

0:32:370:32:40

happened in the studio this evening

but it moves things on

0:32:400:32:44

significantly?

The possibility of

this being a side deal, as Alison

0:32:440:32:47

has suggested, that will not be very

reassuring to DUP supporters, if

0:32:470:32:51

that is what has happened. There

could be plausible deniability, if

0:32:510:32:56

there were people in the DUP who did

know about that. It becomes a

0:32:560:33:02

crucial issue. Jeffrey Donaldson

should have known about it, that is

0:33:020:33:04

his area but what we did learn

earlier in the discussion which is

0:33:040:33:09

very significant, Jeffrey Donaldson

basically saying that Irish will be

0:33:090:33:16

an official language in Northern

Ireland. Do they support an Irish

0:33:160:33:18

language act, will they accept it or

not? Arlene Foster saying that she

0:33:180:33:23

would not contemplate it. It seems

to me that they will accept the

0:33:230:33:26

heart of what would be an Irish

language act but it will be called

0:33:260:33:29

that and there will be other bells

and whistles to cover over what has

0:33:290:33:34

actually happened.

Where do we go on

the issue of proving all of this?

0:33:340:33:38

Gerry Kelly was very clear. He

explained it, as he sees it. He says

0:33:380:33:44

he has proved, it is accurate, what

he said tonight. Jeffrey says he

0:33:440:33:49

knows nothing about it but Gerry

says he will not put evidence in the

0:33:490:33:53

public domain. There will be a lot

of questions asked over the next few

0:33:530:33:56

days!

We will have to wait and see

whether the aim and marry website

0:33:560:34:02

can produce evidence not! That it is

clear that the agreements were a lot

0:34:020:34:08

further on than what we were led to

believe by the DUP. Clearly we are

0:34:080:34:12

at a more advanced stage and what

does surprise me is that the DUP

0:34:120:34:22

will tell them this is going to

happen and are doubling down on the

0:34:220:34:26

lie that there was no deal.

And

there was a hint that Westminster

0:34:260:34:31

need to take responsibility for

this. Westminster to legislate for

0:34:310:34:35

the languages and on the issue of

legacy and other issues like

0:34:350:34:39

same-sex marriage?

You can

understand, whether it is people

0:34:390:34:46

arguing for Irish language, it is

not so attractive potentially to

0:34:460:34:50

some of those people if it breaks

with the fact Parliament does not

0:34:500:34:56

legislate on devolved matters.

Thank

you very much.

0:34:560:34:59

That's it from The View

for this week.

0:34:590:35:01

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