Martina Devlin: Only truth can mend the broken parts of our island
Hemingway reflected that the world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong in those broken places -- an appealing observation because it retrieves value from injury.
But healing isn't automatic. Sometimes people have to tackle recovery proactively. We are damaged by the Troubles here in Ireland, and unfortunately we don't fit into that "strong in the broken places" category.
We remain fragile where the cracks occurred, as the sourness unleashed by the presidential campaign reveals. Our pieces have not knitted back together.