Time for equal recognition of nationalist cultural identity

As the north’s only Seanadóir, Niall Ó Donnghaile is facing a formidable task of bringing the Seanad to the people of the north and the people of the north to the Seanad. Picture by Philip Walsh 
I SLOWLY  realised as I looked at the Irish tricolour fluttering in a warm gentle breeze over the Oireachtas (Irish houses of parliament) that this was the first time in my 61 years of life that I thought about being in a building over which the national flag of Ireland was flying legally. I was observing the flag through the office window of Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile, recently appointed to the Seanad, with six other Seanadórí following Sinn Féin’s remarkable breakthrough in the election when 23 TDs were elected. As I watched the flag, N[...]

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