Monday 26 February 2018

North still divided

Sir -- At the end of John-Paul McCarthy's article (Sunday Independent, April 3, 2011) it states that the writer "holds a doctorate in Irish history from Oxford." Well, good for him, but is that relevant, when in his piece he writes not as an historian but as a polemicist?

In his hatchet job on Olivia O'Leary, his thesis seems to be that Northern Ireland was a normal part of the UK where Catholics/Nationalists lived on roughly equal footing with Protestants/Unionists.

This is absurd, as any number of historians with doctorates could tell us. NI was a deeply unjust state.

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