Wednesday 13 December 2017

Simon Coveney and Sinn Fein slip away in RTE mist and fog

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Martin Mansergh, in a letter to the Sunday Independent contesting my criticisms of the Department of Foreign Affairs, draws attention to my role as backroom adviser to David Trimble, as if that finished off any credibility I might have with nationalist readers.

Dr Mansergh is a little out of touch with the liberal pluralism of Middle Ireland. Working with David Trimble might have damaged me with tribal nationalists, but not with real republicans who appreciate that I was acting with good authority.

Without any monetary reward, I was risking abuse from my own tribe by working with Trimble as part of his successful struggle to set up the Northern Executive.

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