Wary of SF in government?


Sir, – Joe Walsh (July 14th) is mistaken if he thinks that Sinn Féin in government in Northern Ireland is a product of “true democracy”, when in fact the contrived nature of the power-sharing Executive at Stormont is anything but. In truly democratic elections, there tend to be winners and losers, but not so in Northern Ireland.

Power-sharing remains, of course, the best solution yet attempted to the seemingly intractable social and political divisions in the North, but this is precisely because Northern Ireland is not a properly functioning “true democracy”. – Yours, etc,


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Dublin 9.