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Dr 'No' and his legacy

Although after years of saying 'No', Dr Paisley's decision to compromise and share power with Sinn Fein was admirable, I have always felt that without his influence we would never have had so many years of violence.

Reforming Stormont prime ministers like Terence O'Neill were removed, civil rights marchers attacked, loyalists stirred up to attack nationalist areas, the Army had to be brought in to protect nationalist areas and the IRA had an excuse to re-arm.

The Ulster Worker's Strike brought down the first power-sharing Assembly, which involved sharing power with moderate nationalists rather than Sinn Fein. Years of violence and sectarianism followed - and we are still far from having a shared society. How different it could have been!

MARGARET MARSHALL

Belfast

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