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The partition debate: Gathering together in faith and hope is more important than who’s on the guest list

Bishop Alan McGuckian


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John Hume believed any solution to the North's problems had to be based on parity of esteem

John Hume believed any solution to the North's problems had to be based on parity of esteem

John Hume believed any solution to the North's problems had to be based on parity of esteem

Some of us will gather together on October 21 in Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral, Armagh, to reflect and pray together in hope on the occasion of the centenary of partition and the formation of Northern Ireland.

This proposal has provoked a strong reaction in Irish nationalists. The argument against doing so — certainly in the presence of civic leaders — claims that it would be a travesty to be seen to ‘celebrate’ the injustice that was partition. It was, the argument goes, the outworking of a project that was either colonialist or imperialist, depending on whether we trace the wrong to the 17th or the 19th century.


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