Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Benefits of a united Ireland need stressed

SO, Dr Haass goes back to where he came from, without achieving everything he came for. No surprise there. But, then again, did he really believe that he would get all that he wanted?

While nothing is ever perfect, Northern Ireland has provided me and my family with an acceptable standard of living. Not being born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I had to work hard for the retired lifestyle I now enjoy.

I see the problems facing us as twofold: one, that the unionist brigade are content with what they have; and two, that the republican brigade are not content with the six counties within the British constitution.

Surely then the onus is on republicans (if they want my vote) to enlighten people like me on the benefits (if any) of a united Ireland? Our political leaders are long past their sell-by-date, and now must consider stepping down and handing over to a younger generation, for it will be they who have most to gain, or to lose.

HARRY STEPHENSON

Kircubbin, Co Down

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