Send a letter to President Higgins. Here’s his address
To express your disappointment, disapproval, disdain, disillusionment. . .
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
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
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.
|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|
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!
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“Like many others, I was terribly disappointed to read that you had withdrawn from the Council event at Belfast city hall commemorating the Easter Rising.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
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.
It’ll only cost you a few minutes of your time and the price of a stamp.
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