Letter Writing Campaign: to the President of Ireland

Send a letter to President Higgins. Here’s his address

letter to president

Why?

To express your disappointment, disapproval, disdain, disillusionment. . .

About what?

His behaviour. He  was due to be guest of honour at the Belfast City Hall civic dinner  to commemorate the Easter Rising. After accepting the invitation he pulled out. He won’t be going to an  event in the Linen Hall Library either.

Why did he decide not to go?

Since practically all Unionists said

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the dinner hadn’t  enough cross-party (read Unionist) support,  so the President decided to change his mind and  stay away.

What does  his decision signify?

  • he accepts the event was scuppered by the DUP  and  UUP refusal to attend
  • he is supporting bigotry and sectarianism
  • he’s allowing Unionists to dictate the agenda.
  • he is rejecting all the efforts  to make this an inclusive event
  • he made Northern nationalists  feel like strangers in their own country
  • he delivered  a slap in the face to  the men and  women that fought and  died in the Easter Rising.

Lord Mayor of Belfast

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Arder Carson (SF) “I am extremely disappointed that the President is no longer attending this event, part of our Decade of Centenaries programme…The dinner will of course be going ahead on April 8 and I am very much looking forward to the occasion”.

What’s the make-up of Belfast City Council?

For the first time in its history Republicans/Nationalists  now constitute the largest party in the council. Here’s a table showing how hard they have struggled for seats since they the early 1970s.

 

Party 2014  2011  2005  2001  1997 1993  1989  1985  1981  1977  1973
Sinn Féin 19 16 14 14 13 10 8 7 0 0 0
Democratic Unionist Party 13 15 15 10 7 9 8 11 15 7 2
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 8 6 4 3 6 5 6 8 7 13 8
Ulster Unionist Party 7 3 7 11 13 15 14 14 13 15 25
Social Democratic and Labour Party 7 8 8 9 7 9 8 6 6 8 7
Progressive Unionist Party 3 2 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 0
Other 3 1 1 1 2 2 6   4 9 5 9
Total 60

Comments: Game, set and match to the Unionists. 

No wonder they think they have power when the President of Ireland falls in with their behaviour!

Maybe President Higgins didn’t feel like  coming face to face with   Partition in Belfast while pretending 1916 had achieved what it was fought for.
Maybe as President, he cannot bear to face the Northern Irish since the republic has  so blatantly abandoned them
Maybe he wants to make them understand once and for all that they and their pledges of allegiance, passports and so on were/are unwanted by Dublin governments.
Whatever . . . .
It would have been nice for the President pay attention to his Northern citizens  for once in a 100 years.

Heads of State  regularly visit places outside their own country. It’s part of the job description!

So he should have gone.

Over on Jude Collins website Eddie Whyte has published his open letter to the President. Eddie’s originally  from  north Belfast and  now lives in Norway. He is an elected officer on the national executive of the country’s largest trade union.

Key points from Eddie’s letter

Like many others, I was terribly disappointed to read that you had withdrawn from the Council event at Belfast city hall commemorating the Easter Rising.  . . . .

Might I offer a piece of advice? Bowing to intolerance is not the way to build an inclusive society. . . . .

Did you stop to consider the feelings of the people of Belfast who regard you as their President?

Those citizens of Ireland  were left behind after partition and condemned to endure decades of state controlled sectarian discrimination and forced emigration

Belfast contributed in no small part to the Easter Rising.

Your withdrawal from the city council event  . . . . reflects poorly on the office of President of the nation.

It will forever be a stain on your period in office.

You can read  Eddie’s entire letter here

http://www.judecollins.com/2016/04/an-open-letter-to-president-higgins-by-eddie-whyte/

Maybe you’ll have other ideas for your own letter.

Or maybe you’ll just copy Eddie’s.

The important thing is that each and every one of you sends a letter.

Let the President know what people worldwide think of his decision.

letter writing

It’ll only cost you a few minutes of your time and the price of a stamp.

 

letter to president

Update:Jude Collins is supporting the letter writing campaign.

You’ll find his letter and examples of others from posters at http://www.judecollins.com/2016/04/write-the-letter/

So you all have plenty of ideas and suggestions to copy or adapt to express your own thoughts and feelings on  President Higgin’s decision not to accept Belfast City Council’s  invitation to the 1916 Centenary Dinner

Here’s the address again:

Áras an Uachtaráin
Phoenix Park
Dublin 8

 

 

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/1916/president-pulls-out-of-1916-dinner-in-belfast-34589651.html

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/president-higgins-pulls-out-of-easter-rising-dinner-in-belfast-727626.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-35936240

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/why-are-we-so-apathetic-about-the-prospect-of-a-united-ireland-390454.html

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