READ A SPECIAL EDITORIAL FROM THE IRISH NEWS' ROY GARLAND
Vol. VII, Issue 9
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The following is a special editorial written by Irish News columnist, Roy Garland.
ever a community had a right to demonstrate against a denial of civil rights,
Derry is the finest example. A Roman Catholic and Nationalist city has
for three or four decades been administered (and none too fairly administered)
by a Protestant and Unionist majority secured by a manipulation of the ward
boundaries for the sole purpose of retaining Unionist control”.
words were written by former Attorney General and hard-line UUP MP, Edmond
Warnock to Prime Minister Terence O’Neill in November 1968. They seem
to represent the clearest acknowledgement of past wrongs ever made by a senior
Unionist. David Trimble publicly stated that Northern Ireland was “a
cold house for Catholics” but Warnock gave a blunt assessment of specific
wrongs by the Unionist establishment.
developed a bad conscience in his later years and bombarded O’Neill with
demands for change. In another letter he recalls during the 1930s being
consulted by former Unionist Prime Minister James Craig. Craig defended
gerrymandering on the grounds that the North’s “constitution was on a
knife edge” and that State security was, “the supreme law”. But
boundary manipulation was intended for perhaps five rather than fifty-years.
wanted an amnesty for three nationalist politicians. He was supported by
Minister of Agriculture James Chichester-Clark who said, “So far the record
had been one of too little conceded too late”. They should now make
“maximum concessions”, because Londonderry’s “grievances were real”.
But right-wingers and Young Unionists hounded O’Neill and Clark because any
concession was seen by them as betrayal.
warned O’Neill that prosecuting nationalist politicians could prove
“disastrous”. The offensives were “relatively trivial” and
convictions could give “new life” to Republicans and we could “be led to
the brink of ruin”. Warnock’s prophesy has been proven right.
He also recalled 50-years earlier leading his men in France when he learned
that hostilities were about to end. He mused, “how good it would be if
hostilities could cease” in Northern Ireland.
hostilities have at last virtually ceased but sectarian animosity, on which
hostility thrives, remains. Inquiries continue but are unlikely to heal
the wounds. Someone dismissed the astronomical costs suggesting that
saying sorry would be enough. But saying sorry involves risks and it
seems unlikely that people in either tradition or in Britain or the Republic
are prepared for that. Old self-serving narratives remain strong and
always suggest that blame lies elsewhere.
many of us are ready at the drop of a hat, to castigate others and
particularly those who are relatively unable to defend themselves. But
violence had a context and we were born into that context where bitterness
flourished and demagogues specialized in fanning dying embers and raising
ancestral voices demanding vengeance.
say sorry would entail an acceptance that there was some validity in the other
story and this would inevitably raise questions about our own myths and leave
us feeling uncomfortable with what we have done, said or thought.
physical force nationalists had a vested interest in exaggerating wrongs and
maintaining that the state was grievously illegitimate from the start.
Unionists in contrast have tended to minimize wrongs or deny them completely.
As always truth is the first casualty in war.
were dirty tricks although the authorities also tried at times to change
things but were hampered by those for whom change was betrayal or who were
determined to make the system unworkable. Neither side gave much
credence to the other’s story.
apologies could help defuse the vestiges of sectarianism. But hopes of
genuine apologies and mutual forgiveness seem vain. The myths that
justify the unjustifiable are still too powerful. We have not taken the
need for radical change seriously and have assumed it was only necessary for
the others to change. But schools, churches, families, communities,
politicians and people remain divided and it is surely the responsibility of
everyone to take these matters more seriously to ensure that mutual
understanding and forgiveness becomes possible.
If instead we pick over the bones trying to apportion blame we might find ourselves again in the realm of recrimination. New generations need the tools that could enable them to understand the complexity and to critically re-examine the message of those who still present our past in black and white. We must listen to each other as we re-examine that past. Not in order to find ammunition with which to accuse others but to understand precisely what our own responsibilities are.
- Roy Garland
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The Government has announced that some migrants from outside the EU who have lost work in Ireland are to be offered temporary permits to seek employment.
The scheme will be open to those who have previously held a work permit but became undocumented through no fault of their own.
FORMER PRESIDENT CALLS FOR COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Irish people urgently need to pull together says former Irish president Mary Robinson.
BACK TO BASICS: LOUGH DERG
Ireland’s economic woes have people on their knees in search of spiritual renewal at "St. Patrick’s Purgatory."
ALL-IRELAND FOOTBALL FINAL: AN OLD RIVALRY!
The Cork-Kerry rivalry can lay claim to be the greatest rivalry in Gaelic football. As the nearest of neighbors these two teams are also the fiercest of rivals.
In spite of an almost annual meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship, interest in the clash of these two teams has endured over the last 120 years.
Kerry are the most successful team in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, leading the all-time roll of honor with thirty-five titles.
Cork, in comparison, have only won six All-Ireland titles.
Both teams face each other on Sunday 27th to decide the 122nd All-Ireland Senior Men's Football Final.
Meanwhile, Kilkenny created a piece of history with a fourth successive All-Ireland Senior Hurling title following a memorable decider at Croke
Park a week ago.
The final score was Kilkenny 2:22 Tipperary 0:23...a difference of 5points!
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