Saturday 24 March 2018

We must change Northern attitude

Madam – Over the years I have threatened to go on diets, write to a paper, all the usual stuff. I've stopped buying your paper on a number of occasions because of some of the anti-Northern nationalist tripe spewed out with glee by some of your regular contributors.

I am a card-carrying GAA member in my 40s. I had the luck to meet some Northern Irish people on holidays over 25 years ago; we became firm friends. Over the years, myself and my family have had the pleasure of meeting people from all persuasions in the 'black wee north'. I used to sing Wolfe Tones songs in full voice but no more. If I've learnt one thing, it's that we should be slow to judge those who've lived through the conflict in Ulster.

Emer O'Kelly's article (Sunday Independent, October 27) sums up the type of attitude we need to move away from in the Republic if we are to ever understand the conflict and the people on all sides with whom we share this island.

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