Unionists agreed to use 'all means'
Madam -- Pierce Martin describes as a 'myth' any suggestion that the signing of the Ulster Covenant by nearly half a million unionists in September 1912 made any contribution to subsequent violent events on this island (Letters, Sunday Independent, October 7, 2012).
He makes the point about genuine unionist fears for their interests when they would become a 25 per cent minority under an all-Ireland parliament in Dublin. But he ignores the fact that nearly half a million unionist people signed up to using 'all means... necessary' to stop the implementation of an act of parliament. In that, they were expressly backed by conservative party leader, and leader of the opposition, Andrew Bonar Law in what was the most powerful parliament in the world at the time.
He also ignores the near euphoria with which the introduction of the Home Rule bill in parliament was greeted right across nationalist Ireland.