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From A Granny
Kathleen Donnelly • 6.11.03

You know I read you email news paper faithfully and I honestly don't always agree with you, but the article that Mr. Luby wrote is just very wrong. I was born on the Falls and my grandparents and parents on both sides came from the Lower Falls. They were decent hardworking people whose decendents are now Professors, Doctors and Financeers. But I have taught them all the history of the North of Ireland as I saw it and knew it. I'm ashamed of the way your treating Gerry Adams,so I am.

As for what that Mr. Powell said about Gerry Adams, all I can do is repeat what I believe James Connolly said, in his cell in 1916, to something his wife said ......."English promises"!!!! Really now, who cares any more what England says or thinks. To tell you the truth, I'm not like all of you, I don't know all the dates and I can't really quote all the facts correctly. I only can judge by what I see all around me and I'll admit I'm in the States. However I honestly don't understand your vendetta against Gerry Adams. This man as well as Martin McGuinness have done their level best to bring some kind of peace to those in the North. None of them are interested in a soft bed in the Waldorf and so what if they have a nice wee place in Donegal. So I wish you wouldn't belittle them. It really hurts me to hear them spoken about in that way. At any time during the last thirty years they could easily have been shot down.It would have just broken my heart to have the same thing happen to Gerry Adams as happened to Michael Collins. I know they haven't got what all of us wanted but for the love of God give them a heads up for trying. By making little of them all the time in you paper, you only give the opposite side more mud and ammunation to throw at them and us.

I have no axe to grind in this matter. I'm a grandmother now and when I left Belfast I was a teenager. I know I don't know all the ins and outs of the politics at home, but I ask you all to all sit down put your heads down and say a wee pray to Our Lady that you all will keep a civil tongue in your heads when you are talking about one another. Sure you're all on the same side, aren't you? I'm not saying your paper is always wrong on your articles, but sometimes you go just a bit too far and I find I can't read it without feeling so very, very sad and think to myself.....not again!!!! I'm convinced Gerry Adams is doing his best, and has Irelands best interests at heart.

God and his Holy Mother protect you all. And may we one day have indeed A Nation Once Again.

















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7 November 2003


Other Articles From This Issue:


Ted Honderich Interview
Mark Hayes


Disappeared and Disapproved

Anthony McIntyre


HMP Maghaberry: First Flames from a Tinderbox
Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh


Housebreaking Ulster Style
Brian Mór


United Irishmen
Davy Carlin


From A Granny
Kathleen Donnelly


An Enemy of the Republic
Liam O Comain


Some Count, Some Don't
Michael Youlton


If Voting Changed Anything It Would Be Made Illegal!
Sean Matthews


Hackneyed Views of Cuba
Douglas Hamilton


Colombian Trade Unionist in Belfast: Meeting
Sean Smyth


2 November 2003


A Memo to Adams: Remember That Every Political Career Ends in Failure
Tom Luby



Anthony McIntyre


Ballot Papers and Elysium
Eamon Sweeney


Republican Prisoners and their Families Put at Risk due to Prison Strike
Martin Mulholland


Trust Without Honesty in the Peace Process?
Paul A. Fitzsimmons


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