Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Welcome gestures

The future leader of the UUP could learn a valuable lesson from the DUP mayor of Ballymoney, who is going to Croke Park this weekend to cheer on his local hurling club.

Cllr Ian Stevenson - he was named after the party founder, Ian Paisley - is also going to stand for the Irish national anthem at the game.

He is a mayor willing to represent all sections of his borough, hailing the exploits of a local sporting team and respecting the anthem of a country which he is visiting. He doesn't see any challenge to his own firmly held beliefs and indeed wins even greater respect for them by his actions. If the tone of his actions were replicated across the province the prospect of a truly shared future would be much closer at hand.

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