Friday, January 27, 2006

Bloody Sunday departure

I'm delighted that this year's Bloody Sunday Memorial Lecture - organised by Nationalist/Republican people in Derry - will be given by Alan McBride, a Shankill Protestant whose wife, father in law and seven others were blown to pieces when the IRA detonated a bomb in Frizell's fish shop in 1993.
It was Big to invite him, and it was Big to accept. He's said that he's going to lay down a challenge or two for the Nationalist community, and that's probably no bad thing either. We should remember, however, the challenge that the DUP still has to rise to - namely to share devolved power with the representatives elected by the people Alan is being Big enough to address.
There's been enough hurt in Ulster. For goodness' sake let's move on.


At 8:41 p.m., Blogger KatDee said...

It's so gratifying to see this sort of thing happening. Although there is a long way to go, most people in Ulster seem to be seeing through the sectarian rhetoric.

At 8:34 p.m., Blogger Jo said...

I was very pleased about this as well.

Although I resist trying to classify/judge victims attitudes I do feel his attitude far superior to that of others, in that he encourages a state where there will be fewer, future victims.


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