"The lasting impression I got was that of a man
who had taken a decision with a great sadness and was determined to see
"The tragic events of recent weeks have confirmed
once more that Northern Ireland as at present constituted is no longer
a viable political entity."
"British policy is allowing the IRA to show the Thatcher government as
simple-mindedly stubborn rather than principled. The British have failed
to foresee the political effect of the hunger strike - it is boosting
the IRA while cutting the ground away from the moderates in Ulster."
"...the sooner the IRA gains can be wiped
out, the better. I appreciate the IRA are a threat to our government,
to our democracy, and not a threat to Britain. It's we who have to live
with them. It is we who have to fight them and save democracy here."
"This is indeed great news. There will be relief that this tragic situation
has now come to an end."