Bono has given a reaction to today’s historic IRA statement announcing an end to its armed campaign.
The IRA said its members have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means. All armed units are to dump arms.
Outside Sjömagasinet restaurant in Gothenburg today a journalist showed Bono a photocopy of the news. After a long moment of reflection Bono commented:
“This requires great courage and compromise. This has been a long struggle and many people have suffered great losses. This is a great day for Northern Ireland.”
In the U.K., Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was a “step of unparalleled magnitude”.
U2 spent their time off in Sweden taking a tour along the Göta river in a 20m yacht. Together with the boat’s owner, Leif Mannerström, celebrity retauranteur at Sjømagasinet (‘Sveriges mest eksklusive fiskerestaurant’!), Bono sipped champagne and checked out downtown Gothenburg.
Image: Bono reading statement
Many thanks to our friend in Stavanger for research and translations.