Hand Northern Ireland Back to the Moderates; for Too Long History Has Been Dictated by the Minority, Says Finola Lyn Ch
Lynch, Finola, The Birmingham Post (England)
If I was a Republican I would be urging both Protestants and Catholics, Republicans and Unionists to go out and vote.
Admittedly I would be urging it with the unassailable confidence of one who knows they are destined to win. The whole point of a referendum might be to make a firm decision either way but we all know there is only one way to vote today and that is with a Yes.
Every single person in Northern Ireland should vote because they will be exercising the freedom to choose their future and the choice is one where violence will no longer be setting the agenda.
The majority of Unionists will vote Yes because they know the Good Friday Agreement is the way forward from the comfort blanket of the Troubles. And they will vote Yes despite the knowledge of what a future in Northern Ireland will be - a united one.
Republicans have nothing to lose from the peace deal and possibly everything to gain. The Unionists know they are sitting on a time bomb. They are the majority at the moment, a fact which will no doubt be reflected in the make-up of any power-sharing ass embly in the near future. But in time, perhaps 20 or 30 years from now, the Catholics will have demographically evolved into the majority anyway and then unification could be a distinct possibility.
It is not an argument to say this peace deal takes away the Irish Government's claim to the six counties and therefore removes that possibility ever happening. What looked like a concession to the Unionists in fact did not matter to the Republicans anywa y.
For too long the course of history in Ireland has been dictated by the minority. Before partition in 1921 Ireland was granted selule only to have the rug whipped out from under its feet by the Unionists asserting their minority rights.
If that was democracy in action it stank. Not only were Nationalists cheated out of their ideal but they had to live under the Protestants' version of democracy for the next 60 years. …