That was then — this is now
Re the reply from 'Steve Broadway' to my recent letter 'Martin McGuinness — a born leader' may I clarify the statement ‘Erskine Childers, the fourth President of Ireland, was an officer of the IRA’.
It was of course the President's father Erskine Childers (snr) who was an officer in the Irish Republic Army, and he was executed by a military firing squad for his republican beliefs.
Mr Broadway is correct when he says that it is unhelpful to refer to the British as our enemy in this day and age — but it is also true to say that the British armed forces 'were' our enemy during the 'Troubles' and also at the time of a more recent conflict in Northern Ireland when Martin McGuinness was involved in IRA activity.
But McGuinness is now a leader in the peace-making process on this island and has managed to foster friendships with Peter Robinson, Dr Ian Paisley and Rev Latimer, something which is long overdue and very welcome.
In my humble opinion we would be much better off in Ireland if we had people like Martin McGuinness running our country instead of the gangsters and pick-pockets who are now sitting in Dáil Éireann.
Sean O Chiarmaic,