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Civil rights on pay

• On a recent trip to the US, I had the opportunity to visit the civil rights museum in Birmingham, Alabama, which documents the campaign to end discrimination against blacks in America during the 1950s and '60s.

It was hard to believe that this occurred such a short time ago. One manifestation of this discrimination caught my eye and it was the fact that black teachers were paid 40pc less than white teachers.

Our own Government has recently introduced institutionalised discriminatory pay scales for public servants. I am surprised at the lack of outrage amongst the media and trade unions and indeed all citizens at this blatant discrimination.

Historians will no doubt see this as a particularly shameful period in Irish history.

R D Arnold
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