RECENTLY I participated in a panel discussion about events leading up to and surrounding the Caledon Eviction, the first Civil Rights march from Coalisland to Dungannon and the ensuing Civil Rights struggle across the north.
In June The Irish News published my letter making the point that the Caledon ‘squat’ by Austin Currie, was a seed that fell on ‘well prepared ‘Civil Rights’ ground in the Dungannon area. Ground readied by the Dungannon Homeless Citizen’s League, Dr Con McCluskey, his wife Patricia, the Campaign for Social Justice, Austin Currie and the independent councillors, who supported the McCluskeys.
Overall, the letter posted by Denis Mayne (August 3) read as a reasonable assessment of the DUP’s lack of strategic political thinking, but its reasonable tone was in my opinion threatened by one phrase ‘dragged into a united Ireland completely unprepared’, as if a united Ireland would be the worst thing in the world – which of course is not the case unless viewed from a completely pro-UK ideological stance, with no regard to the economy, peace, etcetera.
Trevor Ringland had the audacity to accuse Irish republicans of perpetrating violent crimes and promoting a murderous ideology while he clearly had no problems with the violent crimes committed by the British army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary or their murderous ideologies.
It seems ironic that J Diamond (July 23) regrets that we live in a world where no-one now takes responsibility for their actions, yet he refuses to accept that the actions of his Church were the most influential factor in voter’s decision in recent referendum.
Dervla Murphy, esteemed Waterford writer, has for sure a sharpish eye and ear for cultural nuance and social dynamic – globally, no less. Her salient observations on many and various societies across the human spectrum of races and lands, are usually ‘spot-on’.
The self-congratulatory tone of Niall Murphy [Irish News July 7], one of the 198 signatories to the ‘Letter to Leo’ from the so-called ‘leaders of civic nationalism’, brought to mind a memorable wedding speech by the father of a groom in Sligo many years ago.