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Communities being carved up by division

Recent reports have shown that division in Northern Ireland has increased, not decreased (News, May 15).

According to some accounts, 88 'peace walls' are in place to keep certain sections of the community from attacking each other.

It is claimed that these walls keep the peace, however it cannot be overlooked that they also enhance division.

Northern Ireland has gone down the road of Israel and Palestine in erecting what could be described as a 'celled community'.

As far as peace walls go, Northern Ireland will soon be a literal maze, where people will no longer be able to see each other, or interact in any way, as a necessity in keeping the peace.

The question of whether people in general are becoming more introverted and cynical in their approach to everyday life, regardless of where they live on this island, is also a troubling one.

Where is the hope for humanity - not least in Northern Ireland?


Shanbally, Co Cork

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