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List is endless of those who share Troubles blame

SIR James Galway upset a few people when he made a statement of what was obvious to the majority of people: that Ian Paisley must share some blame for his rhetorical language during the Troubles.

Unfortunately, he only mentioned Ian Paisley - the list is endless when it comes to those who must also share the blame of division; who helped form people's opinion and/or actions for them to vent dissatisfaction at those of whom they disapproved.

Even those who dominate the media must also be taken into account. The only people to whom I attribute no blame are the people on both sides of the divide who carried on with their normal relations with their neighbours.

Sir James Galway is a world-renowned flautist, besides having no political, sectarian, divisive beliefs of his own. There are few people in this country that have never heard of James Galway - and more importantly, for all the right reasons. I am afraid I cannot say the same applies to the late Ian Paisley.


Kircubbin, Co Down

Belfast Telegraph