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Now or Never for N.Irish Deal, Says Paisley

Northern Irish Protestant leader Ian Paisley challenged his IRA foes Tuesday to give up their weapons, saying it was “now or never” for Catholic republicans to agree a lasting political settlement with his party.After meeting British Prime Minister Tony Blair the veteran hard-liner said a deal on sharing power between divided Catholic and Protestant communities in the province was closer than ever, but warned Irish Republican Army arms were a stumbling block. “Until the people of Northern Ireland see that the arms of the IRA are put away … we can’t really look any further,” said Paisley, whose Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) represents most of the Protestant majority.Full Story

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