Bono: ‘A great day for Northern Ireland’

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.

10 thoughts on “Bono: ‘A great day for Northern Ireland’

  1. it truly is a great moment for the people of northern ireland. gerry adams said some remarkable things at today’s press conference. now let’s see if loyalist paramilitaries have the guts to follow. it would truly be time..

  2. it truly is a great moment for the people of northern ireland. gerry adams said some remarkable things at today’s press conference. now let’s see if loyalist paramilitaries have the guts to follow. it would truly be time..

  3. What took the IRA so long in the first place? Hardly great courage and compromise to finally stop killing innocent people after over 30 years of mindless slaughter! Has Bono forgotten about the Enniskillen Bomb of November 1997 already? Actions speak louder than words – get rid of the bombs and explosives first – Then we can talk about a great day for Northern Ireland!

  4. What took the IRA so long in the first place? Hardly great courage and compromise to finally stop killing innocent people after over 30 years of mindless slaughter! Has Bono forgotten about the Enniskillen Bomb of November 1997 already? Actions speak louder than words – get rid of the bombs and explosives first – Then we can talk about a great day for Northern Ireland!

  5. Bono: 'A great day for Northern Ireland'

    IRAが武装闘争法規の声明を発表しました。
    すでにすべての武器の放棄を命じ、今後は「専ら平和的手段を通じた政治的・民主的な計画の進展」に協力するよう、すべてのメンバーに求め

  6. Bono: 'A great day for Northern Ireland'

    IRAが武装闘争法規の声明を発表しました。
    すでにすべての武器の放棄を命じ、今後は「専ら平和的手段を通じた政治的・民主的な計画の進展」に協力するよう、すべてのメンバーに求め

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