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With a friend like Ireland, UK needs no enemy

Chancellor George Osborne, must have been highly embarrassed after referring to the inhabitants of the Irish Republic as a "friend in need" and announcing a UK bailout and 'we are here to help' insurance policy.

Within hours the electorate of Donegal South West scurried to the polling stations to cast their votes in sufficient numbers to elect a member of Sinn Fein/IRA, the mass-murderers and child-killers whose reign of terror has plagued Northern Ireland for more than 40 years.

This reign of terror has now been partially replaced by an elevation into the heart of a Government which doesn't have an Opposition and an Assembly where their veto is guaranteed - courtesy of the DUP et al.

Mr Osborne may cite the financial deals conducted between the Irish Republic and the United Kingdom and the impact on the revenue and, I presume, jobs generated for the UK.

In this financial get-together, there is no mention of Eire's cowardly neutrality during the Second World War, or why our troops were sent out to fight the IRA with their hands tied behind their backs, or that Margaret Thatcher signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement (of which Geoffrey Howe shamefully denied any knowledge less than 24 hours previously).

Mr Osborne needs to be reminded that Sinn Fein/IRA did not decommission all their weapons; that they still receive £400,000-per-annum for non- attendance at Westminster (in spite of the promise of a review of the situation by the present coalition Government); and, of course, that there are still 1,800 unsolved murders laid at the feet of Sinn Fein/IRA.

HARRY TOAN

Belfast

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