This letter appeared in the Irish News today 14/2/2018
SINN Féin for the sake of peace facilititated British rule in Ireland by taking their seats at Stormont yet refuse to facilitate ‘Irish Rule’ at Westminister because of an ‘Oath of Allegiance’. An enforced oath like an enforced prayer is meaningless, in this case a mere technicality. It hasn’t prevented the proud Scottish nationalists from taking their seats for the good of their country.
Yes there will be sneers but those sneers could very well turn to fears as Sinn Féin and only Sinn Féin have the power to overthrow this right-wing minority regime.
This could elect a government more affable to the EU and more importantly for us to Ireland’s plight of an otherwise inevitable ‘Hard Border’.
Couldn’t Sinn Féin sacrifice their ‘principles’ as so many have sacrificed their lives for the future of this country? Is it again going to be party first country second? Sinn Féin by refusing to answer the call would further the return of the physical partition of Ireland – now there’s an irony or is it just plain double standards?
With many thanks to: John-Patrick Bell, Manorhamiliton, Co Leitrim.