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Readers Blog: Ironic to always ask the US to unite Ireland

Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, is going back to the US to secure a border poll in the next five years in Northern Ireland.

This is more evidence of Sinn Féin’s rejection of devolution and their quest for a united Ireland. Every time Sinn Féin need support in talks, they reach out to America.

Clearly, there are signs they are losing their footing in the current era of exasperating talks and it is time to bring in the cavalry.

America is not there to secure a united Ireland for Sinn Féin.

The White House and Congress are blue in the face from the Northern situation and will only get involved “where a deal is possible”, as they have mentioned many times in the past.

Sinn Féin do not want a deal: they want their demands met or they will stall progress in Northern Ireland.

Off Sinn Féin go to Irish-America, but never ask themselves why the Irish went to America in the first place.

They went because of the futility of Ireland, yet Adams and company believe a united Ireland is the second coming of Christ and their destiny.

A United Ireland is not inevitable, but has become an obsession for Sinn Féin...

The more Sinn Féin try for
unification, the further it pulls away, because they have the wrong approach and cannot see that the past must be healed first.

There is precious little sign of healing, when there is trouble over a simple memorial tribute to the dead of the Enniskillen massacre.

There is no “Irish-America”, either, and it is hard to see why the US has any
interest in Northern Ireland, when they can spare themselves the trouble.

Many Irish-Americans lost their voting rights in Ireland long ago, and rightly so, given that they do not live, work, or pay taxes in Ireland.

They are long gone, so why should their only link with Ireland — which is their distant ancestry — involve them in a quest for a united Ireland?

Do they really know what is going on in Northern Ireland or in the Republic?

Border or no border, province or no province, US politicians and Sinn Féin will not cure the rancour in our society with a united Ireland. Will the angels sing and justice be done for the thousands who suffered during the Troubles?

If republicans want a united Ireland, they are the ones who are going to have to get it. They have had enough help from outside and it’s still not working.

Maurice Fitzgerald
Co Cork


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