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Kenny's comments on Ireland were insulting

Published 02/06/2016

Enda Kenny, while encouraging the Irish community in Britain to vote to remain in the EU, is quoted in today's media as follows: "Ireland and the north would be most adversely affected".

Does the Taoiseach not realise that the Republic of Ireland alone does not comprise Ireland? As a northerner living in the Republic, I feel affronted that Mr Kenny classifies me as having come from another country, especially in this year of 1916 commemoration.

If he continues in this vein, he'll soon be talking about "Londonderry" and "mainland Britain".

Political leaders should take care to refer to the 26-county portion of this island as the "Republic of Ireland". Also, the 2014/15 edition of the Eircom telephone directory has a headline which reads: "Direct Dialling Codes Within Ireland and Northern Ireland". What a shame that we are still tipping our forelocks.

Is it any wonder northern nationalists feel abandoned by Dublin?

SHEILA WARD

Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

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