If pro-IRA graffiti is a hate crime, then so must be eulogising IRA murderers

I am somewhat bewildered by the article “IRA graffiti on Londonderry houses a ‘hate crime’” (31 July) This article goes on to refer to the writing of graffiti “IRA Ghost” daubed on “seven local homes and murals featuring the Apprentice Boys and British Legion” in Londonderry. The writer goes on to quote various sources describing this action, by unknown perpetuators, as

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Tougher punishment for trespassing would bring our dangerous bonfires under control.

I note with some personal interest the comments of “Belfast Unionist’ (Writeback 20 July), where the author calls for the creation of a ‘Bonfire Commission’. While this is a commendable suggestion in order “solve the (sic) problem”, it would only create another layer of bureaucracy in order to deal with one specific issue. A more all inclusive resolution would be

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No grey areas when it comes to our border

Dear Sir, I was alarmed to read the article “Taoiseach Varadkar insists Republic won’t design border in Ireland for ‘Brexiteers’” (News July 29) in which a British Government spokesperson was quoted as saying “We aim to have as frictionless a border as possible between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland…”. Surely any border, visible or otherwise, will be between

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The Dunloy Debacle

Rev Brian Kennaway: The fault lies not with the Parades Commission but with Dunloy Lodge.  May I take issue with the comments of the John Finlay, Worshipful Master of LOL 496 (‘Our dismay at the denial of our liberties in Dunloy’). Mr Finlay states: “I wish to place on record our disgust, anger and dismay that, yet again, we are

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SF should argue for act at Westminster

May I commend both David Wilson, Beragh (‘Irish language act is about division and not equality’, June 28) and WA Miller Belfast BT13 (‘Irishness and Britishness are not exclusive to each other,’ June 28) on their analysis of the Irish/Gaelic language. It may however have passed your readers’ attention that the exact words of the St Andrew’s Agreement states: “The

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THE REFORMATION – ITS IMPACT ON IRELAND

THE REFORMATION – ITS IMPACT ON IRELAND ooOoo Response to an Address by Dr. Martin Mansergh to the Irish Association at its Dublin Summer Lunch, Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Saturday, 20 May 2017 Thanks: To the Irish Association for the opportunity to respond to this address and to Martin for kindly giving me sight of his presentation. There are

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It might be unhelpful to refer to gay marriage as sin, but scripture says it is such.

The letter of Colin Flinn (‘PCI still alienates its LGBT members,’ June 9) raises a number of issues. The old adage ‘Don’t blame the messenger’ applies abundantly throughout this letter. Colin’s dispute is not with me or the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, but with the Apostle Paul and ultimately with God. It is the responsibility of both the Church and

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