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Why I won’t be part of Northern Ireland Office’s centenary plan

Colum Eastwood


It’s impossible to straighten the arc of our conflicted history to suit a single narrative, writes Colum Eastwood

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Critical: Colum Eastwood MP

Critical: Colum Eastwood MP

Critical: Colum Eastwood MP

The story of this island does not, and could never, follow a straight path. It is pulled and pushed in different directions that reflect the diverse and divergent experiences of everyone who lives here.

While that is a source of frustration for some who want to present a singular narrative of our complex past, it should instead open up a conversation about our common history.

An important part of that common history is, of course, the partition of Ireland and foundation of Northern Ireland 100 years ago. This event, more than many others, has had a profound political, economic and cultural impact on the lives of all those who share this island.


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