Saturday 24 June 2017

Maurice Hayes: Removing barriers in people's minds will bring down walls

Maurice Hayes

Maurice Hayes

ROBERT Frost, in his folksy way, wondered whether there was "something" out there that did not like a wall. In Belfast they love their walls, especially peace walls, to the extent, it seems of wanting them kept up forever.

Many outsiders may be surprised at the news that the International Fund for Ireland, which has such a distinguished track record in supporting imaginative strategic initiatives which will help heal the scars of conflict, should have committed £2m (€2.4m) to projects designed to lead to the removal of peace walls in Belfast.

That such an enterprise is necessary a decade and a half after the Good Friday Agreement will be disappointing to those eternal optimists who thought that peace should have broken out when the governments had ordained it to be so.

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