New era marked as Paisley and Ahern shake hands
"I trust that old barriers and threats will be removed in my day ... Business opportunities are flourishing ... Genuine respect for the understanding of each other's differences and, for that matter, similarities is now developing."
- Ian Paisley, DU party leader/North Antrim MP
Dublin, Ireland - Ian Paisley shook hands in public with Bertie Ahern for the first time yesterday, demonstrating his enthusiasm for a new era of cross-border political cooperation.
Their handshake is a significant moment in the process of post-Troubles reconciliation.