The last months, weeks and days have seen accelerating discussions, involving the DUP for the first time, about a comprehensive agreement which would see all outstanding matters dealt with and the Good Friday Agreement implemented in full.
One man's transparency is another's humiliation.
For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.
In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic.
At that time, the army leadership said the implementation of this agreement would allow everyone, including the IRA, to take its political objectives forward by peaceful and democratic means.
I think there is a huge responsibility upon governments to understand the consequence of their decisions.
Your ability as republican volunteers, to rise to this challenge will mean that the two governments and others cannot easily hide from their obligations and their responsibility to resolve these problems.
Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.
In this context the British and Irish governments will have to promote a new, imaginative and dynamic alternative in which both governments will share power in the north.
It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo.
The days of humiliation, of second-class citizens and of inequality are over and gone forever.
We have to make sure the Good Friday Agreement works.
Hugging trees has a calming effect on me. I'm talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone. I've hugged trees in every part of this little island.
Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought the freedom struggle towards its fulfilment.
Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice.
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