Friday 9 December 2016

In border communities, there is a real fear of a return to checkpoints

For the people living in Derry and the Inishowen peninsula, Brexit makes no sense at all, writes Kathy Donaghy

Kathy Donaghy

Published 26/06/2016 | 02:30

Span of history: Kathy Donaghy at the Peace Bridge spanning the River Foyle in Derry. Photo: Tevor McBride
Span of history: Kathy Donaghy at the Peace Bridge spanning the River Foyle in Derry. Photo: Tevor McBride

Border areas are no strangers to fear. In the past, when violence was a daily threat, those fears were well founded. Today, that fear is of the unknown, with Brexit posing the very real prospect of border controls once again.

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On the Derry-Donegal border, where I live with my family, the UK's decision to vote to leave the EU was greeted with complete incredulity. What does it mean, was all anyone could ask?

There is good reason why the people of Derry and its hinterland across the Border in Inishowen, Co Donegal are worried. The fortunes of the two areas are inextricably linked.

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