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.