You asked for a United Ireland….. you got one ! #notinmynamePosted: April 8, 2011
Growing up in Northern Ireland, you had to learn some things that you might not in other parts of the UK and Ireland, what to do during a bomb scare, how to ‘make a smooth transition’ through security check points, always know clearly if you were asked were you were going and were you came from, don’t go to this or that part of town, always be were you say you are going to be and never, ever tell anyone that Jimmy from down the road is in the RUC.
This was simply because, the RUC was predominately made up of members from the protestant community and republican terrorists killed RUC members. It’s not that Roman Catholics were not allowed to join the RUC but rather certain groups would have seen it as ‘being a traitor’
With the Good Friday agreement however things changed somewhat, The RUC disbanded, a new Police force, the PSNI came into force and crucially Sinn Fein actively encouraged Roman Catholics and Nationalists alike to join up……… And they did……… And it was good. We got a new police diverse police force and the newly formed power sharing government of Northern Ireland got the power to run it. It was ok to be a member of the police and it was ok to talk about it.
That was until Stephen Carroll and Ronan Kerr were brutally murdered for being members of the PSNI by so called republican terrorists. These killings are similar to the killings of police officers that took place in the past, what’s different is that these officers were catholic. Ronan Kerr was one of the last new recruits to come through the 50:50 selection process. A clear message from those behind these shameless attacks that it is not ok for Catholics to join the police anymore.
Because of our so called peace, police officers have talked openly about there jobs and now they are again targets, they have no security, nothing at all, there job is known to their friends, neighbours and their friends friends. They must feel like sitting ducks in what is supposed to be a country in peace.
And for what? A United Ireland? Let’s think about that for a second, a United Ireland…………….. it’s here, it’s alive and well, we might still have a border but something amazing has happened this week in the wake of Ronan’s death, every politician in the land, be they Irish or British, Catholic or Protestant has stood shoulder to shoulder to condemn this killing, Sinn Fien has openly told these people to stop, the Irish Taioseach attended the funeral. An Garda Siochana have sent sympathies to the Kerr family. Young Catholics and Protestants in Derry worked together to clean and remove graffi from Derrys wall’s relating to Ronan’s murder.
Gerald Seymour said in his book Harry’s Game that ‘one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’ and if that is true then let’s stop giving these people a title they are proud off, lets call them what they are murderers, nothing more.
This is a new Ireland, one were we get along, one were we are not looking over our shoulders, one were our children can play with anyone and not worry about their religious. Power sharing works, we have the best of both we can be British and Irish. Lets not go back……