What was really important beyond ‘Punch-and-Judy’ politics

When Irish historians remember the year 2005, the IRA's decision to decommission its arms and retire for good will surely be the most significant event.

24th December, 2005

When Irish historians remember the year 2005, the IRA's decision to decommission its arms and retire for good will surely be the most significant event.

What other event stands beside it for political and historic significance? The Meath and Kildare by-elections? Michael McDowell's continual attacks on Sinn Féin and other characters he considers suspicious? Martin Cullen's travails? The resignation of junior minister Ivor Callely? Eddie Hobbs' Rip-Off Republic? Hardly. Most of these will be quickly forgotten....

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