Weather wise the north has witnessed some very dramatic thunderstorms in recent times and it could be said that these are possibly the Almighty’s passing comment on the gloomy, negative atmosphere hanging over this place.
Former Irish ambassador to Canada Ray Bassett, supported by DUP colonial Brexit fantasists, proposes Irexit in Policy Exchange, a right-wing outfit one of whose leading lights is Michael Gove who actively campaigned for Leave and who opposes the Good Friday Agreement.
It is a sad indictment of the way we are managing the consequences of our unnecessary conflict that there is no agreement to pay a pension to 400 victims left with incapacitating injuries by the Troubles.
In his recent address to the McGill Summer School in Donegal the DUP’s Edwin Poots spoke openly and at times positively about the Irish Language, saying “anyone who speaks and loves the Irish language is as much a part of Northern Ireland life as a collarette-wearing Orangeman”.
Harry Stephenson (July 18) seems a little confused about the history of consultations with the Republic’s electorate about the EU. From 1972 to date, there have been nine referendums, the latest in 2013.
Emma Little-Pengelly may be ‘a new girl’ to the political stage but she should know better than to attempt to defend the lowest common denominators in our society – the hate mongers who haven’t a political aspiration in their heads other than to demonise those who dare to claim they are Irish/ nationalist and have aspirations to a United Ireland.
The recent correspondence from Maurice Fitzgerald and Robert Sullivan about what they perceive as an overzealous emphasis on the Irish language during the Stormont negotiations, probably has confirmed for many northerners what we always suspected that southerners do not really understand the dynamics of Northern Ireland.
Having given Ireland her first and last colony invasion, plunder, pillage, famine, cultural subjugation and partition, our colonial masters in their boundless generosity are now going to facilitate the killing of our children.
Maurice Fitzgerald’s irrational, ignorant and intemperate comments about the Irish language (July 4) reflect the mind of a person who has been profoundly affected by England’s colonisation of Ireland and the effect that colonisation had on the Irish language in particular.