Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams (2L), joined by Martin McGuinness (L) Michelle Gildernew, Bairbre de Bruin (2nd,R) and Irish member of parliament Caoimghin O'Caolain (R), talks to the media in Downing Street after talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair tried on Thursday to put a brave face on the worst crisis yet in Northern Ireland's fledgling peace process as he pondered whether to suspend its government over a spy scandal.
"We are back in a situation where we have got another crisis to overcome," he said, after the last in three days of meetings with key political leaders of the British-ruled province's divided Catholic and Protestant communities.
"Well, we have had crises to overcome before, we will overcome it and we will move forward," he added in an interview with ITV television.
Blair, who has staked considerable political capital and personal prestige on trying to end decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, met earlier on Thursday with the leaders of Sinn Fein, the political ally of the IRA guerrilla movement.