Heaney Agonistes

Two eloquent contrasting articles one from Roy Greenslade who wouldn’t mind being called  a republican sympthiser opposed to violence, and  John Paul McCarthy who reads like an uber-( correction) revisonist. The subject is Olivia O’Leary’s eulogy to Seamus Heaney for extending awareness of  the northern nationalist experience to the know- nothing south. Pointless to try to  arbitrate or adjudicate between them. Both have their points. Of the poet, we take what we like from him. It is his  integrity and  generosity of spirit that admits those with a half-open mind to get a  glimpse of a different truth.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London