Martin McGuinness, Minister for Education in the Northern Ireland Executive, is a guest on 'The Late Late Show' where he talks about Sinn Féin involvement in the peace process.
We lived incredible lives when you consider all that has happened in the North in the last 30 years.
In this excerpt from the interview, McGuinness talks about the evolution of the nationalist view from violence to peaceful talks. Making an analogy between the situation in the North of Ireland and South Africa and the Middle East, he comments
In situations where people believe that they're being discriminated against, treated unjustly, oppressed, people will fight back. That is a natural human response.
McGuinness also commends the work of Gerry Adams, John Hume, Albert Reynolds, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton as well as other representatives on both sides of the border in contributing to the strive for peace.
Commenting on the Good Friday Agreement, the North-South Ministerial Council and decommissioning of weapons, McGuinness outlines Sinn Féin's commitment to the peace process in Northern Ireland. He argues that Sinn Féin strove to convince Unionist leadership to face up to the reasons for the conflict in the
The peace process brought about a set of circumstances where you had political leaders in both London and Dublin facing up to the reality that they could either allow this vicious circle of injustice and conflict and violence to continue or face up to what was required to put in place a real peace process.
McGuinness goes on to describe the North-South Ministerial Council as a hugely important element in the Good Friday Agreement and decommissioning of weapons.
What we are pledged to do, absolutely committed to do, is to end the injustice, end the discrimination, end the inequalities and to end the conflict, and also to remove all the guns from Irish politics.
This episode of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast on 10 November 2000. The presenter is Pat Kenny.