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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:672
  1. Liam Farell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. William.Farrell{at}

    We have peace now in Northern Ireland, which is a good thing—although it's ironic that the deal could have been done 30 years and thousands of lives ago and was originally scuppered by the very people now in power. There is an unpleasant lesson here: in any negotiation, you need the extremists on board. They're the ones who can make the deal stick, as no one can accuse them of selling out without losing, for example, their thumbs.

    I was aware …

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