Monday 22 January 2018

Mairia Cahill: I took my daughter to a Twelfth bonfire party and she loved it

Mairia Cahill, from a west Belfast Catholic background, crosses the peaceline with her young daughter after an invitation to attend a family fun day on the Shankill Road.

Mairia Cahill
Mairia Cahill

A WEEK AGO, I caused consternation among some of the hardline loyalist community for raising the issue of flags flying from lampposts. I asked was there any "need" to fly large Union Jacks, in an effort to understand where this section of the community was coming from.

For this, I was told that I had "offended the entire community", that my "mask had slipped", and that I was a "republican scumbag" and one person hoped that I would get a particular message on a specific bonfire this year.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have many friends from all religious and political backgrounds. I do, however, like to debate, so that people, including myself, can gain a better sense of understanding.

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