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Martin, it takes a while for old scars to heal

Published 02/10/2013

MARTIN McGuinness keeps harping on about how some people aren't sincere about genuine reconciliation and moving things forward on an equal footing. He may, sometimes, have a point.

But is it really wise to keep on making it? By criticising perceived intransigence he also, inevitably, falls into the deep hole of uncompromising Irish nationalism that, at best, views unionists as misguided Irishmen, rather than as equals to republicans.

He may feel frustrated that unionists aren't voting Sinn Fein, but Rome was not built in a day.

Neither will the historical scars properly heal over, with one side appearing to try to constantly devalue the cultural identity of the other.

JOVAN RADUSIN

Belfast

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