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Do Unionists Really Accept Nationalists as Equals

 

Michéal MháDúnnaín • 24 May 2007

The members of the assembly have had barely time to warm their behinds on their seats at Stormont and already the upcoming debates are being discussed in the media. These debates, or non debates, always seem to have as their general theme, "a step toward in building trust or reconciliation", however in reality it is merely unionist attempting to regain the ascendancy.

Since the opening of the assembly, the First Minister in particular has been noted as making several sectarian and racist comments with no censure from the media nor his fellow MLAs; rather his statements are treated as jocular behavior. Such comments as 'the deputy can have the crumbs when other guests are finished eating', while on another occasion the First [Minister] just keeps referring to Martin McGuinness as 'the deputy', are racist and sectarian, implying that Catholics are non citizens and second class citizens at best.

The First Minister has also made referrals to the how he rejoices that the Queen is still the Head of State and his loyalty to the Crown as a motion was put forward to join the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, again a further example of unionist triumphalism. This latter motion has been coupled with demands that the Free State rejoin the Nations of the Commonwealth as a goodwill gesture to the unionist population.

Perhaps the real motion that should be on the table is that, wouldn't [it] be best for the north to enter into a Commonwealth of Ireland to improve the social and economic condition of its people. Sinn Fein have been lambasted for following an all Ireland farming policy by the DUP MEP. However as everyone knows, even the unionist farmers know, that if the north's farming community is linked to the south they will get more funding than if they were linked to England; its a matter of practicality. If there was to be a Commonwealth of Ireland, this would be a seen a good will gesture by everyone to benefit the island of Ireland.

In an Irish Commonwealth the state would be governed for the common good as opposed to an authoritarian state governed for the benefit of a given section of the population. Each of the states would be a self-governing, autonomous political unit voluntarily associated with state.

However, the unionists have shown little or regard to the common wealth of it citizens as they prepare to veto an Irish language motion in favor of more funds for the promotion of what can be best described as English dialect which somehow unionist have transformed into a language. They have also vetoed anti discrimination legislation aimed at promoting equality. They are also ready to dilute the north/south bodies in their attempt to rebuild 'Fortress Niron'.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 June 2007

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Reality Hits Home
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The Scream
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Government Woes
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And Now a Word From Our Minister, Martin
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Ruled By Zealots
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Introducing, Big Ian & the Gerryaires
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Another Gigantic Step
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A New Dawn
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The Colonisation of Sinn Fein/IRA
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Address to éirígí’s James Connolly Commemoration
Daithí Mac An Mhaistír

Preparing an Irish Democracy
32 County Sovereignty Movement

The Irish Left
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Nightsticks
Fred A. Wilcox

Crocodile Tears
John Kennedy

Tensions Haven't Gone Away
Dan Collins

2025: Dawn of the New Troubles?
Dr John Coulter

Do Unionists Really Accept Nationalists as Equals
Michéal MháDúnnaín

Somethings Never Change
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Dawson's Legacy
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Don't Take Me Now, Lord
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40 Years of Occupation and 60 Years of Wars: Enough
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Basque Americans for a Special Envoy
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Religion Has Everything to do With Terrorism
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Censorship Complementing Cover Up
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Pricks
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Bi-Nationalism
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Protestantism and the Republic
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UVF Statement: Unionists Welcome in Nine-County Ulster Parliament
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Hidden Hand
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Selection at Eleven
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Stormont Christian Coalition?
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Ken Bruen's 'The Priest': Galway's Heart of Moral Darkness
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Scottish Left Must Reunite in New Socialist Party!
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Return of the Wild Geese
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Calling All de Gaulles!
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Blair's Irish Decade
Dr John Coulter

 

 

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