For the generations born in Ireland since the end of the Second World War it is understandably difficult for some of them to envisage the state of public opinion on the issue of Irish neutrality during WWII.
Fionnuala O Connor (May 14) stated that the meticulous Sam McBride reported in the News Letter that welfare cuts had hit Sinn Féin and others on the doorsteps during the local government election campaign.
I refer to the Open Letter (May 29). The Belfast Agreement states: What is required is not an Irish-Gaelic language act but rather policies and legislation which are broad, imaginative, generous and reasonable.
Seamus Mallon (May 17) gives encouragement and succour to the ‘never, never, never, no, no, no’ intransigent culture of unionism and adds to the long-fingered approach to Irish unity which has been the hallmark of many Irish politicians over the years – Conor Cruise O’Brien, Fitzgerald, Cooney and co – who on more than one occasion pleaded with the Brits not to desert us.
Numbers vary as to the quantity of unionists who voted to remain in the EU in 2016 but it is acknowledged that they constitute a sizeable proportion of the majority in Northern Ireland who rejected the ‘leave’ option.
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland would like to thank people for their support during their recent collection in the area. The collection took place on Friday April 12 raising a total of £213.70 for the charity. Cancer Focus NI is a local charity fighting against cancer. All the money raised stays in Northern Ireland to benefit your local community.
ON Thursday Europeans are going to the polls to determine the future of the European Union. More than ever, it is up to us to take a stand to assume responsibility, and in the spirit of the European idea to support an open market, freedom, diversity, transparency, democracy and peace.
As the Stormont talks proceed one can only hope that the talks focus on real issues such as health and education (these two sectors alone account for more than 33p in every £ spent here) not what colour of flag goes up, down, where and how often in a given year?