Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Centre-ground party could end divisions

Designed to end sectarian politics, the Good Friday Agreement settled our constitutional question.

However, 15 years on, political parties and politicians fail to deliver the Agreement's promises, namely peace, reconciliation, a shared society and prosperity.

Instead, we continue with disputes over divisive issues, with little or no progress on matters affecting ordinary people – education, employment and local government reform.

Perhaps the time is ripe for an inclusive new centre-ground (Christian Democrat-type?) party, pledged to work for an inclusive, shared and equal society, based on universal principles of moral law and social justice.

BRIAN ROONEY

Downpatrick

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