Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

History lessons for protesters might be useful

Could I remind the young people demonstrating on the streets of Belfast of the history of Scottish and English immigration into the north of Ireland from the time of the Clearances?

Could I also suggest to them that birth is a geographic accident? If my family had not emigrated to England, I may have been born Irish.

I would relish coming across to Belfast to talk with young people in schools. I survive today because of the resourcefulness of my ancestors.

It is through strength, unity and democracy that Ireland will survive, with respect and non-violence. The only alternative is total destruction: no religion, no economy, no politics to speak of. So please stop.

VALERIE HASTIE

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