North still divided
Sir -- At the end of John-Paul McCarthy's article (Sunday Independent, April 3, 2011) it states that the writer "holds a doctorate in Irish history from Oxford." Well, good for him, but is that relevant, when in his piece he writes not as an historian but as a polemicist?
In his hatchet job on Olivia O'Leary, his thesis seems to be that Northern Ireland was a normal part of the UK where Catholics/Nationalists lived on roughly equal footing with Protestants/Unionists.
This is absurd, as any number of historians with doctorates could tell us. NI was a deeply unjust state.