Friday, March 10, 2006

At least it won't clash with an invasion this year

Just posted on the White House website:

President Bush will host Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the White House on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2006. They will participate in the traditional "Shamrock Ceremony," which dates back decades and symbolizes the close friendship between the United States and Ireland. The President and the Taoiseach will meet in the Oval Office after the ceremony.

Following their meeting, President Bush and Prime Minister Ahern will be joined by U.K. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain and will greet civil society leaders who are striving to build an inclusive and peaceful Northern Ireland.

The last sentence seems to imply that the event will again downgrade the role of Northern Ireland's politicians, reflecting an assumption that the political institutions are stuck in neutral.

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