Sunday 23 October 2016

Enda Kenny has 'affronted' a certain section of Irish society - here's why

Published 03/06/2016 | 08:09

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has come under fire for "affronting" people in Northern Ireland for comments he made while urging people to vote ‘Remain’ in the Brexit referendum.

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Mr Kenny, while visiting London, said Ireland and Northern Ireland would be “most adversely affected” in the event of a Brexit vote.

This letter writer, Sheila Ward, objects to how Mr Kenny named Northern Ireland as distinct from Ireland. She outlines her thoughts here in a letter to the Belfast Telegraph:

"Enda Kenny, while encouraging the Irish community in Britain to vote to remain in the EU, is quoted in the media as follows: "Ireland and the north would be most adversely affected".

Does the Taoiseach not realise that the Republic of Ireland alone does not comprise Ireland? As a northerner living in the Republic, I feel affronted that Mr Kenny classifies me as having come from another country, especially in this year of 1916 commemoration.

If he continues in this vein, he'll soon be talking about "Londonderry" and "mainland Britain".

Political leaders should take care to refer to the 26-county portion of this island as the "Republic of Ireland".

Also, the 2014/15 edition of the Eircom telephone directory has a headline which reads: "Direct Dialling Codes Within Ireland and Northern Ireland". What a shame that we are still tipping our forelocks.

Is it any wonder northern nationalists feel abandoned by Dublin?"


Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

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