According to Danny Treacy (November 7) my analysis of our sectarian problem is unbalanced and Fr McManus has a slanted view of the Act of Settlement which he claims has no meaningful relevance in England or Ireland today.
At the time of writing Sinn Féin are preparing for their Árd Fhéis. The issue of the possible repeal of the 8th Amendment, thus taking away the protection of the lives of both mothers and babies during pregnancy, was due to be a very big part of their deliberations.
I would like to respond to Fr Patrick McCafferty ‘Date of Lord’s birth doesn’t particularly matter’ (October 23) who makes the case that December 25 “is as good a day as any to do so” and that in his view “every day of the year is a birthday of Jesus Christ”.
Alex Kane and I have agreed on many things over the years and in particular I think we both believe that the best future for Northern Ireland is within an inclusive United Kingdom that promotes a sense of interdependence among its people and with good relations north/south and east/west.
Let me correct Manus McDaid (October 27). Nowhere in my letter did I say that I attended a function held by Sinn Féin sponsored Coiste Na Niarrchimi and the reason why I would not attend is exactly why I can be confident that those who did would be largely supportive of Sinn Féin.
As I write this, I am preparing to celebrate – as the Pope, the Catholic Church and World Federation of Lutheran Churches have urged – the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Reformation Sunday, the last Sunday in October.
Having watched BBC and its trek across half the world in search of Ulster-Scots heritage it made me wonder how the previous executive could cut a paltry sum for children to attend the Gaeltacht and then find money for 14 films on the above mentioned ‘heritage’.
You would think that if there was a way for Northern Ireland to use Brexit to double the size of our economy within five years and then use that prosperity to transform our whole way of life – including our politics – that the media would want to know all about it and our politicians would be all over it?
It is frequently said that when there is a political vacuum there is a real danger it will be filled by people who will go to the ends of the earth to achieve control and power over people’s lives [and deaths] at any cost.
In James McIlhatton’s attempt to politicise the use of music in support of Limavady’s use of Londonderry on their welcome sign – ‘Limavady can wear both titles with pride’ (October 13) – could I point out some details that are factually incorrect.