How Irish Americans in Boston view the recent violence in Northern Ireland

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Two soldiers and a policeman have been murdered in Northern Ireland in the past few days. It’s brought a shock to the province which—in the most part—has enjoyed peace since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, that led to power-sharing. The murders have been claimed by two Republican splinter groups—the so-called Continuity IRA, and the Real IRA—who are both against the peace process.

Seasoned Northern Ireland watcher Kevin Cullen at the Boston Globe discusses the significance of what’s happening in Northern Ireland, and how this story is being viewed by Irish Americans in Boston. John Hockenberry hosts from Boston.


Kevin Cullen

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I wish to express my revulsion at Kevin Cullen's crass analysis of the current tragic events in Northern Ireland. By his own admission he had "gone home" as there was nothing left to report (peace doesn't sell as many newspapers as conflicts). Yet when asked his assesment on the current murders he informed US listners that we had to consider all events as reactions to British involvements before highlighting the 1916 Easter Rising and Bloody Sunday, the two most iconic moments in Republican history.

I am sorry, but this has nothing to do with either events, and is indictive of the wholly one-sided view of Northern ireland politics that prominent Irish-Americans hold. By mentioning painful events of long, long ago, I suppose he thought he would detract Americans from considering what the RIRA or CIRA really are - terrorists and murderers.

Mar. 11 2009 08:53 AM

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