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Sinn Fein must get real on Irish unity ambitions

SINN Fein MLA Barry McElduff (News, November 19) really can't see the wood for the trees on the prospects of a united Ireland.

It wasn't Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan who blocked the road to unity, nor was it the late Seamus Heaney.

Like many others, they stated the obvious reality that decades of provisional violence, a lot of it viciously sectarian, had made peaceful achievement of unity much more difficult in the long term and impossible in the short term.

Mr McElduff should look closer to home. In 1998, his party signed up to the principle of consent, which means Ireland can only be united when a majority – north and south – vote for it. There are many organisations which might help unite Ireland, but with its Provo legacy, Sinn Fein is definitely not one of them.


Strabane, Co Tyrone

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