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Why deep-seated hatred may always plague this island

Malachi O'Doherty


Even if constitution question is solved, sectarianism will still exist

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Clashes: A rioter throws a petrol bomb at Lanark Way, west Belfast, as nationalist and loyalist youths battled over the peace line. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Clashes: A rioter throws a petrol bomb at Lanark Way, west Belfast, as nationalist and loyalist youths battled over the peace line. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Clashes: A rioter throws a petrol bomb at Lanark Way, west Belfast, as nationalist and loyalist youths battled over the peace line. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

How nasty can sectarianism get and why does it need to be nasty at all? We got an example of it on Twitter at the weekend with the taunting of Diane Dodds over the death of a child.

On the week of internment I was on Dublin Road in Belfast one night when I saw a woman berating a group of children for playing with a ‘taig’. And one little boy said back to her, ‘But miss, I didn’t know he was a taig.’


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