An unfair attack on Arlene Foster’s ‘blood red’ line comment

Arlene Foster's policeman father, the late John Kelly, who was shot and injured at home by the IRA
Arlene Foster's policeman father, the late John Kelly, who was shot and injured at home by the IRA

News Letter readers may be interested in the Irish Independent editorial, October 4, which takes Mrs Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP and former First Minister of Northern Ireland, to task for holding firm to Northern Ireland’s integrity as a constituent part of the UK, following the latter’s pending withdrawal from the EU.

The editorial’s interpretation reads: “Ms Foster’s raising the spectre of blood in the context of Brexit introduces a chilling and unwelcome note of menace, suggestive of an ominous turning back of the clock.”

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

In my opinion that paper’s editorial could not be more wrong.

News Letter readers know that many good people, including English, Scottish and Welsh, had their blood spilled, in recent years, protecting the integrity of Northern Ireland as a constituent part of the UK.

Mrs Foster’s policeman father, Mr John Kelly, had his blood spilled in a cowardly attack on him at home in 1979.

I was privileged to attend the late Mr Kelly’s well attended funeral in Lisnaskea in 2011; the attack on him was carried out by so called Irish republicans — as part of a murderous campaign to try to forcibly detach Northern Ireland from the UK.

It would seem that the Good Friday Agreement is now being used to try to achieve the same end, in the context of Brexit, ie. to forcibly detach Northern Ireland from the UK.

Finally, it is a bit rich for the Irish Independent talking of blood being spilled ie. “the spectre of blood in the context of Brexit”, when the Irish government is in the process of making chilling preparations for the spilling of the blood of tens of thousands of innocent unborn babies in Ireland.

I suspect that the decent people in Northern Ireland wouldn’t welcome that chilling, murderous prospect.

Micheal O’Cathail, Fermanagh