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'Minority' Irish still being denied freedom

Has Ed Curran (News, June 2) ever read David Trimble's booklet The Foundation Of Northern Ireland?

Where was the principle of consent when Britain created Northern Ireland for unionists opposed to Home Rule?

In his introduction, Trimble states: "Whilst the creation of Northern Ireland was a consequence of the successful drive of the Irish Catholic nation towards independence, the particular constitutional form of the Northern Ireland (Ulster Protestant) state was a result of the decisions made by the British government of the day, which have since been a matter of controversy.

"But it is a mistake to think that Northern Ireland exists merely because of a government fiat.

"The social reality that underlies Northern Ireland is the existence of an Ulster-British people, created from a fusion of Norman, Scottish and English settlers, Huguenot refugees and some (sic) of the indigenous Irish in Ulster."

What happened to the rest of the "indigenous Irish in Ulster"?

In short, they became "the minority" to the Ulster-British "majority".

To quote Trimble: "Nationalists regard the 1918 election as showing a majority in Ireland which desired independence and which justified the coercion of the minority.

"However, the sharp geographical distinction in the results show instead, that there were indeed two Irelands, which had each exercised their right to self-determination in both different and irreconcilable ways."

By the same right of self-determination, there are indeed two Ulsters, with equal right to self-determination as opposed to "the coercion of the minority" by the Ulster-British "majority". The continuing denial of "minority" Irish right to national freedom is now dressed up as "the principle of consent".

malachy scott

Belfast

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