Trevor Ringland – ‘Honest debate needed on why conflict occurred and who was to blame’ (April 9) – laments that “failure to deal fairly” with the legacy of crown force killings is “poisoning political life”.
A week on from the riots in Derry that took the life of a Belfast woman it is only right that serious reflection is now given to the increase in violence in Northern Ireland, 21 years on from a peace process that was meant to change all our lives.
It was a ‘homecoming’ like no other, which reached deep into the well of Ireland’s long history of struggle for independence and socialism, and stirred emotions among the Irish diaspora in the US; in the office of Ireland’s president and among the people of Belfast, who played a leading role in that long history.
While the record breaking temperatures have been a welcome bonus for people enjoying a break over the Easter period, the warm and dry weather has unfortunately also brought additional problems for our firefighters who have had to deal with major gorse fires.
After the latest series of defeats suffered by the British prime minister in the House – where her supposed partners-in-arms voted or abstained against all amendments to her propositions for leaving Europe – Theresa May without a hint or an utterance to those same partners turned and reached out to her nemesis in the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn
to try and reach a consensus out of the quagmire she has landed herself in.