Harry Stephenson (July 18) seems a little confused about the history of consultations with the Republic’s electorate about the EU. From 1972 to date, there have been nine referendums, the latest in 2013.
Emma Little-Pengelly may be ‘a new girl’ to the political stage but she should know better than to attempt to defend the lowest common denominators in our society – the hate mongers who haven’t a political aspiration in their heads other than to demonise those who dare to claim they are Irish/ nationalist and have aspirations to a United Ireland.
The recent correspondence from Maurice Fitzgerald and Robert Sullivan about what they perceive as an overzealous emphasis on the Irish language during the Stormont negotiations, probably has confirmed for many northerners what we always suspected that southerners do not really understand the dynamics of Northern Ireland.
Having given Ireland her first and last colony invasion, plunder, pillage, famine, cultural subjugation and partition, our colonial masters in their boundless generosity are now going to facilitate the killing of our children.
Maurice Fitzgerald’s irrational, ignorant and intemperate comments about the Irish language (July 4) reflect the mind of a person who has been profoundly affected by England’s colonisation of Ireland and the effect that colonisation had on the Irish language in particular.
I would like to comment on the education feature in The Irish News (June 28). I admit that the Catholic Church is losing the war with the secular world over those values which are being spread abroad by the gay movement.
Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin cannot be serious if they believe silly things like flags, marches, Irish language and the plethora of equally dopey notions of ‘nationality’, are the non issues which endear them to us down here in our bit of land and which compels us to desperately wish to take them to our bosom?
Alex Kane in his column (June 23) oversimplifies and distorts the difficulties faced in the north asserting it comes down to the vexing question of identity declaring those who think otherwise are ‘stupid’ – a strong supposition by any standard.
THERE has been little media mention of Ireland’s involvement in the developing EU integrated defence policy. This will lead to an eventual EU army and I welcome the Republic’s participation – especially as SF support it. However, one word of caution.