The Ormeau Road area of south Belfast has evolved over the years to become a uniquely diverse community where people from different religions and cultural identities live side by side without the fear that this proximity would instil in many other areas.
If Danny Treacy had a greater mind for detail he would have gathered from the opening sentence in my letter (August 29) that my criticism was not just confined to one particular letter but a number of letters.
There can be no doubt Theresa May, prime minister for the moment, knows all the wrong buttons to press when it comes to Ireland. Brexit, in bed with the DUP and now a festival to reinforce the link with Britain.
In examining the future we must look to the past. As we watch the media today we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full faith that our government is keeping us safe from the unknown.
IN RESPONSE to M Hayes – ‘Derogatory comments deliberately used to stir-up anti-Catholic hatred’ (September 11) – Protestant Churches have avoided legal responsibility for abuse, but this cannot be said for their moral responsibility.
So Alex Kane in his article – ‘Sinn Fein know there is nothing certain about a united Ireland’ (September 21) – believed the sixty something man who chuckled to him, ‘One thing is sure, Mr Kane, if we don’t get Irish unity when the odds seem so much in our favour, then it’ll be another generation before an opportunity as good as this one comes along’ with him was necessarily being serious, taking the aside hopefully to heart as meaning that should a united Ireland not materialise in the post-Brexit period then that, as unionists openly hope, would be that for a long, long time.
May I thank Antán Ó Dála an Rí for his excellent letter – ‘Adopting the usual Zionist position’ (September 14) – in which he implicitly confirms what I had written by being forced to resort to the well-known debating trick, so beloved of barristers, that “when you have no answer to your opponent’s arguments, disparage your opponent”.