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Sinn Féin holds key to saving lives of future Irish-born babies

Bearing in mind the lack of any sense of partnership between the DUP and Sinn Féin just before the collapse of the Stormont Executive I suspect that there is little confidence n the republican/nationalist community that lessons have been learned by the DUP and that going back to Stormont will begin a new era of mutual respect and true partnership.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Good Friday agreement during the time when the Ulster Unionists and SDLP shared the two top posts that mutual respect was growing between the two parties. I believe that with the right mindset this can happen again between the DUP and Sinn Féin otherwise we are doomed forever to continue with the present stalemate.
I know that there will be lessons to be learned, particularly arising from RHI and that there are many seriously outstanding issues to be resolved by a Stormont Executive but by far the most important will be ensuring the colonial-style imposition of Westminster abortion legislation will be automatically binned. The DUP has already indicated that they are prepared to go back to Stormont so the onus in on Sinn Féin to do the same.
It is my view that living in a largely republican community that supports Sinn Féin, that this does not even come close to an endorsement of Sinn Féin’s abortion policy.
I believe that policy was driven from the top and that grassroots Sinn Fein supporters will be horrified by the introduction of abortion legislation imposed by Westminster.
This legislation is completely alien and abhorrent to the republican views of the people I know in my community.
I am not a supporter of Sinn Féin but I recognise they hold the key to saving thousands of lives of future Irish born babies and I will be grateful if they return to Stormont and neutralise that awful British legislation about to be imposed on people of the Northern Ireland.

EAMON DALLETT
Dungiven, Co Derry

 

Political association between UK and Ireland resembles problematic marriage

A friend tells a story of a man dying and going towards heaven. At the pearly gates the test for entry is to spell one word – ’Love’. He spells this correctly and is granted admission. The apostles, saints and angels look at their watches. They ask the man if they can take a break and if he can run the test for the next while. A crowd gathers, passes the test, and they are all admitted into heaven. Suddenly the man’s ex-wife, from a bitter divorce settlement and unhappy marriage, appears at the gates. He welcomes her: “It’s easy to get in love. Just one wee test. Spell the word ‘Czechoslovakia’ – backwards. It’s quite easy love, you only get one attempt, and have thirty seconds to pass the exercise.”

Does the 800-year political association between Britain and Ireland resemble a problematic marriage that has not as yet been completely dissolved? Fiona Bruce MP (October 2), speaking of the proposed radical abortion settlement in the north, apologetically writes: “..Westminster subjected Northern Ireland to a new colonialism....” Stella Creasy MP has taken an alternative angle to the consternation of some of her own compatriots. Daily Mail on line ran a headline: ‘Anti-abortion campaigners erect a giant ‘Stop Stella’ billboard featuring a nine-week-old ‘living foetus’ in pregnant Labour MP Stella Creasy’s constituency’. Spelling ‘Czechoslovakia’ backwards in 30 seconds is a doddle compared to justifying the moral grounds for unrestricted abortion. Is that why abortion supporters dislike billboard images of the living nine-week human embryo so much?

T J HARDY
Belfast BT5

 

Derry is best new home for health degree courses

IT’S up to our MP Elisha McCallion, Derry-based MEP Martina Anderson, our five Derry MLAs and council to convince UU that Derry is the best new home for their large family of health scientists degree courses.

I am speaking of the UU decision is to move from Belfast its health sciences degree courses. Magee would be a good home for this very large family of very high demand courses.
There’s a saying – ‘there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come’.
With regard to the Magee expansion, the time has come to expand by around 500 extra students by relocating the health sciences to Derry.

Each course – radiography for instance – would generate around 80 students, all years run together. But where does 500 come from? Simple. The family of very high demand courses consists mainly of

radiography, dietetics and the three therapy degrees – physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational podiatry. This is around 600 students, all years running together.

Every elected representative stated on the doorsteps they would work for Magee expansion. Here’s there chance to do just that.

As the decision will be early next year they must now blister their hands on the oars to rehouse health science degrees in Derry.

TOM BRADLEY
Derry City

 

Society has got distracted

Having seen Joker in the cinema, I can now see that the comic book villain is an embodiment of a society that has no God whatsoever.

Ever since the end of the Second World War, America has relentlessly pursued a resurrection of the Roman Empire to de-Christianise Europe and the Commonwealth. The invasions of the Middle East and the creation of ethnic conflict are all planned to turn us into Gotham City.

Our society has no identity anymore. Yet, Christians in our country argue over chicken-and-egg arguments over doctrine? We have been distracted.

DESMOND DEVLIN
Ardboe, Co Tyrone

 

People need to move on

It is incredible that in 2019 in Ireland a wedding reception is a scene of  sectarian chants about the Pope and the IRA. One can only assume that the  remarks were intended to be ribald rather than vicious. It is a throw-back to the remarks of a former politician who was looked upon universally as a firebrand and bigot. Ironically, also in The Irish News (October 7) a reference is made in On This Day to October 7th 1919 when riots took place in Banbridge where a mainly loyalist group wrecked Catholic houses and cursed  the Pope. People need to move on and  realise that  in the 21st century, there are far bigger problems to address than puerile sectarianism.

TERESA MITCHELL
Arklow, Co Wicklow

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