The lessons of Limavady

The violent reaction of some within the unionist/ loyalist community to the efforts by Limavady Council to make the civic offices a neutral working environment expose once again the unwillingness of the unionist political leadership to cultivate a culture of mutual respect for the Irish nationalist/ republican identity of their neighbours. The dramatic language employed by unionist elements in the media, and political sphere, doubtlessly contributed to the presence of an angry mob at last night’s council meeting, which saw fit to verbally threaten and abuse two female Sinn Fein councillors, including a pensioner.

But what does the entire incident say about the attitude of unionists to the notion of a neutral working environment? And, given that we annually are witnesses to unionist politicians defending the ‘right’ of loyalists to burn the National flag of the Irish nationalist people, can we expect any other type of reaction before unionist political leaders publicly make a stand in defence of the equal legitimacy of expressions of the Irish nationalist identity in the six counties?

  • PaddyReilly

    If multicultural politics involves destroying the history of a place, well then it has no future.

    Two boys have been found rubbing linseed oil into the school cormorant. Now, some of you may feel that the cormorant does not play an important part in the life of the school, but I would remind you that it was presented to us by the Corporation of the town of Sudbury to commemorate Empire Day, when we try to remember the names of all those from the Sudbury area who so gallantly gave their lives to keep China British. So, from now on, the cormorant is strictly out of bounds!

  • The Dubliner

    “No political party in the North or South supports either partition or repartition. Surely even to you that conveys some kind of message. Or perhaps not.”

    Every political party in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland supports partition. Indeed, 95% of Irish people voted in a recent constitutional poll to remove the Republic’s territorial claim to Northern Ireland, thereby overwhelmingly endorsing partition. Two of your post-nationalist political parties in Northern Ireland are signatories to an international treaty, endorsed by both governments, that consolidates partition.

    Now, that aside, try answering this question: how can you be a nationalist when you do not support the concept of the nation state? Before you answer, try reading paragraph V of the GFA under ‘Constitutional Issues.’ There is a binding legal obligation, subject to ratification in a poll in the Republic of Ireland, on the government to act with “rigorous impartiality” in regard to both British nationalism and Irish nationalism. In case that isn’t obvious to you: a government that is partial to Irish nationalism, the default value of the Irish nation state, is not a government that is rigorously impartial. And a government which is not that of a nation state is not a government which exercises self-determination of behalf of a people: it is a non-nation-state. Ergo, if you support it, you are not, by definition, a nationalist. Which is why no Irish nationalist (i.e. those from the Republic of Ireland) will vote for the ghastly little document signed by the post-nationalist quislings and hacks in Northern Ireland.

    To paraphrase The Dubliners, “Thank g-d there’s a border between us.” 😉

  • lib2016

    NDubliner,

    Not only all political parties in the South but also the parties supported by nearly 50% of the Northern electorate describe themselves as Irish republican.

    It is good of you to point out that they are all wrong and that you are correct. Don’t forget to come back and tell us if you ever find anyone who agrees with you.

    You seem to equate the necessity to make war or maybe it is just the necessity to make bellicose speeches about achieving a thirty-two county republic with support for the nation state. No doubt a case could have been made for that point of view a century ago. Now there are many friendly links between Ireland and England and we are economic, political and in many ways cultural partners.

    Our differences can and will be settled peacefully. I believe that if there is no democratic support for a UI then a UI shouldn’t exist and I say that as a convinced Irish republican. My faith in democracy and with it my faith in the Irish people, unionist and republican, comes first.