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Making the Twelfth of July a holiday in Republic would  build a daring bridge to unionists

Colum Kenny


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Orangemen gather in Belfast to stage their annual Twelfth of July parades. Picture by Paul Faith/PA

Orangemen gather in Belfast to stage their annual Twelfth of July parades. Picture by Paul Faith/PA

Orangemen gather in Belfast to stage their annual Twelfth of July parades. Picture by Paul Faith/PA

The Twelfth of July should be a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. The overthrow of Arlene Foster by DUP “hardliners” is a good time to make it so.

Too seldom have people in the Republic registered the fact that “bitter” Arlene was at home as a child when her father was shot in the head there by IRA terrorists.


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