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Irish asserted right to national freedom

 

Your correspondent, ‘Reader’ (Write Back, June 12), states: “It was the south of Ireland which decided to break away from the UK in the early 1920s.”

In fact, a majority in Ireland asserted their right to national freedom from British rule. Against the democratically expressed will of the Irish people, Britain imposed its 1920 Partition of Ireland Act in order to establish a separate state (Northern Ireland) for the north’s British minority.

Thereafter, it was claimed Northern Ireland was British, in accordance with the will of the British ‘majority’.

‘Reader’ says: “That is democracy.” Absolutely. Partition is ‘democracy’.

MALACHY SCOTT

Belfast

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