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McAleese reply lacks tolerance

I'M sure Mary McAleese is well able to respond to Ellen O'Hanlon's letter (Write Back, June 25).

However, I was struck by the intolerant tone of the letter, its restriction on free speech and her suggestion that "many people would be happy for her to stay at an enclosed convent, where she could take a vow of silence for hopefully a decade".

Shades of Ireland's past still with us, where people considered an embarrassment were placed out of sight and out of mind?

BRIAN P TURNER

Lisburn, Co Antrim

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