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People free to voice their opinion regardless of age

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Published 09/06/2015

There was a time when three score years and 10 was regarded as a near terminal age, but now it is seen as merely the gateway to one's twilight years - unless your name is Gregory Campbell. The East Londonderry MLA, in an attack on 75-year-old Sir James Galway's outspoken views on the late Rev Ian Paisley, says his family have been told to show the door to any reporter who wants to interview him in his 70s.

That is to deny expression to the accumulated wisdom of a long life and an uncharitable slur on people who feel they are of an age when they can speak candidly having already made their mark on the world.

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