Peter Robinson is caught in a Maze

In what can best be described as an act of political cowardice, Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has performed an astonishing volte-face by withdrawing support for a peace-and-reconciliation centre at the former Maze prison, outside Belfast.

Mr Robinson, who supports the retention of the prison hospital, and some H-Block cells where ten republican prisoners died on hunger strike in 1981, appears to have caved in to hard-line unionists.

The Orange Order, the TUV and the UUP have all called for the H-Block cells to be demolished.

Such demands have shades of the Nazis trying to destroy the Auschwitz and Treblinka concentration camps in attempts to white-wash history.

Would the South African government be permitted to destroy Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned?

With this Maze u-turn Peter Robinson has ‘imprisoned’ himself and left the key with the Orange Order, the traditional Unionist voice and the Ulster Unionist Party.

Tom Cooper

Knocklyon

Dublin 16

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