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Vision for Northern Ireland


Ian Eggleston • 29 March 2007

Thank you for the thoughtful article by Brendan O'Neill. Traditional Unionism and traditional Republicanism have passed away. Future attempts to demonise Sinn Fein and the DUP will not ring true. The demons have been exorcised. People who have to meet and talk eventually shake hands. Dr. Paisley will also die and a younger generation of more flexible politicians will take his place. Gerry Adams will probably be around for longer. What will not change is the elite group of wealthy businessmen who have controlled Northern Ireland and their allies from within the Conservative Party. Having a title and taking a seat in the House of Lords may become less attractive but wealth and power will continue to be their God. They will be joined by wealthy nationalists and people from the republic, tolerated at first, but finally accepted. The working class origins of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness will be an obstacle for some time.

Eventually there will be a revival of the UUP and SDLP since they are middle class and middle of the road. Can Sinn Fein attract the Protestant working class? I doubt it. The working class always lack friends in politics.The growing nationalist Catholic middle class are tolerant enough. Protestant fundamentalism does not have a bright future. Religion is becoming a lesser force in politics around the world. In the USA the neo cons have made Republicans more suspicious of religion in politics.

Further down the track politicians will see the need to foster integrated schools as there is a need to rationalise where schools are and the cost of keeping small schools open. On the other hand the middle class want schools without the social problems associated with the poor and disadvantaged. If they can keep separate they will. Better to share with other religions than cope with the socially disadvantaged.

The reforms of the police force will take longer. Close supervision and the power to deal with corruption is essential. Corruption in the PSNI will change from sectarian to criminal. Drugs and corrupt police are naturally attracted. The police association will defend even its corrupt members.

Will Northern Ireland become part of the Republic? No, unfortunately. Brendan O'Neill is right. The powerful people in British society will rely on apathy to pull the teeth out of Irish nationalism. On the other hand, are national states a thing of the past. The young Irish are really young Europeans. Look how readily nurses fly to Australia for a job and vice versa- young Earthlings rather than young Europeans.

I have painted a pessimistic picture. How does one have a vision for Northern Ireland? It has to be a vision for the world. At the moment young visionaries are preoccupied with the survival of the planet. That is a worthy goal because without it there is no future. The battle is with human greed and a sustainable world. Will Paisley and Adams tackle that problem?




































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Cross Border Co-Operation
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Statement from the Morley Family
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Time for Truth is Now
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Revising the Uprising?
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Easter 2007 Oration
Francis Mackey

Stormont an Obstacle to Realising Ideals of 1916
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh

Destined for the Dustbin of History
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A Beginning Must Be Made
Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh

Vision for Northern Ireland
Ian Eggleston

House Trained At Last
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Bullies Top the List
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Niall Griffiths' antidote to the 'Vomit Novel'
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Two Looks Back in Time
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Blame It On The Shinners, Bono & That Freak Sir Bob
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Levi's Law
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Facing Up to Reality of Holocaust
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The Big Bribe
John Kennedy

Everywhere The Past
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Paisley and Adams: The Ghosts of Politics Past
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Democractically Elected Musical Chairs
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The Cul de Sac called 'Futility'
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Pathetic Claims
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Gerry McGeough
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Gerry McGeough & Political Policing
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Miscarriage of Justice
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Racism Bridging the Sectarian Divide
Dr John Coulter

The Prince of Darkness
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What's All the Fuss About the Veil?
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