Micheál Martin criticises British and Irish government over peace process
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Micheál Martin criticises British and Irish government over peace process

MICHEÁL Martin has accused the British and Irish governments of too much talk and not enough action on issues which must be addressed regarding the on-going peace process.

Speaking at Fianna Fáil’s annual 1916 commemoration in Arbour Hill, Dublin on Sunday, the party leader criticised both governments for allowing relations between to become ‘superficial’.

“Unfortunately, the relations between our political leaders are becoming more superficial and focused on talks rather than action,’’ he said.

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“Today there is nothing like the close working relationships between Albert Reynolds and John Major, Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair and Brian Cowen and Gordon Brown,” he added.

Although claiming ‘nothing’ should be allowed to distract the 1916 commemorations in two years’ time from the ‘focus of being about the Irish people’, Mr Martin later confirmed he had ‘no difficulty’ with a member of the British royal family attending the commemoration.