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'Shared future' plan actually regressing


I share the sentiments of Gemma Weir (Comment, June 1) that there are few positive signs that the target to remove Belfast's peace walls by 2023 will be met.

According to the peace monitoring report issued by the Rowntree Trust, the anticipated shared future and ending of religious-based divisions between the two main communities in the north has not just ceased progressing, but has actually begun to slide into reverse.

According to the report, 'interface walls' between communities have more than doubled, from 22 to 48, since the signing of the Belfast Agreement.

The report also states that nine out of 10 school enrolments and social housing allocations still involve single-identity communities.

This is no accident of evolution, but the carefully crafted result of social engineering by successive unionist regimes, who ghettoised nationalist communities with their policy of gerrymandering to ensure the continuation of unionist hegemony throughout the north.

Following decades of state-sponsored forced segregation of housing, which, in turn, spawned single-pupil identity schools, is it any surprise that the achievement of reconciliation, tolerance and mutual trust, envisaged emerging from the Good Friday Agreement, still largely eludes us?



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