Friday 19 October 2018

Future of peace is tangled in the nets of Brexit. Not waving but drowning

STRONG LEADERSHIP: John Hume, who helped bring about peace in the North, on a rooftop overlooking the Catholic Bogside neighbourhood of Derry in 1970. Picture: Leif Skoogfors/Getty Images
STRONG LEADERSHIP: John Hume, who helped bring about peace in the North, on a rooftop overlooking the Catholic Bogside neighbourhood of Derry in 1970. Picture: Leif Skoogfors/Getty Images

Fergal Keane

In the Republic we labour under two essential schools of historical thought. One says, "it was desperate". The other, "sure it wasn't that bad at all". We look back in anguish. Or we are revisionist?

In my much younger - and to quote F Scott Fitzgerald - "more impressionable days" I was occasionally a pupil of both schools at the same time.

I went from fury at English perfidy to outrage at the latest IRA atrocity in the space of the same hour. Then I very quickly forgot all about it and went back to making up excuses for the homework I hadn't done and to fancying the girls from Scoil Mhuire and Mount Mercy.

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