Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Philistine views harm unionism

IT is hard to fathom how, in the 21st century, ignorant views, like those expressed by your correspondent observer (Write Back, February 13), can be articulated.

In spite of world admiration and recognition of the genius and achievements of Ireland's wonderful Protestant tradition (which, over the centuries, gave us Berkeley, Burke, Swift, Tone, Yeats and the first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde), it appears the philistines and curmudgeons of unionism are still unwilling, or unable, to cross the tribal divide.

Ireland's fine Protestant tradition should not be defined by culturally impotent unionism.

TOM COOPER

Dublin

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