Arlene Foster’s dilemma


Sir, – I am afraid that I would not be as positive as Alex Kane in his analysis when he quotes Arlene Foster as saying that she would probably have to move in the event of a positive vote in Northern Ireland in relation to Irish unity (“Unionists need to rethink their identity”, Opinion & Analysis, April, 11th).

Yes, there was an answer to a direct question, and the current political dynamics do demand that unionists embrace issues such as equality of citizenship and engage in the unity debate.

However, when the leader of the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland appears to have an à la carte approach to the will of the people, the future looks bleak. After all, Irish nationalists did not leave their homes in Northern Ireland after partition, despite the establishment of what has been described as a sectarian state.

All this leads one to question whether the Democratic Unionist Party is really democratic. Another prime example is their absolute silence in relation to the democratic decision of the people of Northern Ireland to remain in the EU. – Yours, etc,


Terenure, Dublin 12.

Sir, – Alex Kane refers to Arlene Foster’s recent comment that she would probably have to move in the event of a vote for Irish unity (“Brexit affords unionists moment to rethink approach”, Opinion & Analysis, April 11th). One is pushed to know where she could comfortably move to. Clearly the “mainland” would be out of the question since the social mores would rule out England, the independence mores would rule out Scotland and, of course, the bilingual mores would rule out Wales.

Given her attraction to all things conservative, could I suggest a nice bungalow on Tory Island? – Yours, etc,



Co Donegal.