Tuesday 27 September 2016

Sir - There is now a tendency to view the "new" Sinn Fein faces in our republic as cuddly politicians that we should all love, forgetting that the party they represent was born out of a recent tradition of political violence and division.

Published 21/06/2015 | 02:30

Sir - There is now a tendency to view the "new" Sinn Fein faces in our republic as cuddly politicians that we should all love, forgetting that the party they represent was born out of a recent tradition of political violence and division.

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Ever since Gerry Adams and his contemporaries - the real seething heart of Sinn Fein/IRA which the current naive breed have no memory or experience of - surrendered to Britain in the hope of getting their henchmen out of prison, they have achieved far less than the peace-loving SDLP with its long and lonely struggle for peace and justice in Northern Ireland.

The short-memory syndrome shows itself starkly in Irish political life when we vote for former bombers and gunmen, north and south of the border.

Hopefully,and despite the hapless efforts of our government here in the 'Free State', we will not feel the fear the so called 'freedom-fighters' wreaked across this island of two nations, for half a century.

Wake up, patriotic Ireland, and take back the tricolour from these people.

Robert Sullivan,

Bantry,

Co Cork

There is still time for some change

Sir - The most significant aspect of the Great Crisis of 2008-2015 was what did not happen in Irish society and politics.

The dominant figures in the Coalition which took over were hewn out of exactly the same old, flawed, political timber as those they replaced. In the four years breathing space, bought with hand-outs and the hardship of the ordinary people, our political culture has not changed qualitatively. Nor has an alternative model or political grouping of any practical strength or credibility emerged.

In the oncoming election - as some of us predicted - there is a wide and not unreasonable fear that we, the plain citizens, may well find ourselves back exactly where we started.

Seven wasted years?

As the clock ticks, there are new parties and rumours of new parties. It is too late now to have on the menu a single mass party or coherent group of parties capable of transforming our politics at one fell swoop.

But we could ensure that there are TDs and senators in the next Oireachtas capable of preparing a new departure.

Maurice O'Connell,

Tralee,

Co Kerry

Sunday Independent

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