Whatever the legal interpretations of the Good Friday Agreement and its different strands there was a clear understanding that the three relationships – between people in the north, between north and south and between Ireland and Britain – was in urgent need of remedial action.
The ongoing cancer of sectarianism that blights our communities can be seen most clearly in the divergent needs of both communities in north Belfast which is arguably the cockpit of conflict in our fractured society.
The DUP campaigned for the UK to leave the European Union, presumably because an envisaged firmer border with the Republic would consolidate links with the UK and eliminate or postpone any possibility of a united Ireland.
Irish republicans should view with alarm the musings of Sinn Féin’s resident opinion-shaper Jarlath Kearney on the future trajectory of constitutional change in Ireland – ‘Dublin government’s Brexit stance no ‘back of the envelope’ job’ (August 9).
A taboo within a taboo. Mental illness, the broad overarching taboo, electroconvulsive treatment (ECT), a treatment in our part of the world known as the ‘letrick’ or shock treatment which by its very name, instilled fear.