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Ending Suspension

Part of Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:06 pm on 8th February 2000.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington 10:06 pm, 8th February 2000

Decommissioning has been recognised as a responsibility. That is why the agreement was signed, but decommissioning itself is a process and the achievement for most of us was peace, the lack of bombs and the lack of the use of the gun. That has been achieved. That is an argument of good faith, which has been demonstrated, but the ramifications of pressing the process to its nth degree have already been explained: the risks of splits and jeopardy for all. This week's bomb is a reminder of the problems and of how it is difficult to hold organisations and traditions together.