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(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)

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Monday, October 06, 2008


One of our regular readers found himself with a few hours to spare last Sunday (5th October 2008) so himself and his Missus headed-out to the County of Meath to have a browse around the Fairyhouse Market .
Whilst browsing the hundreds of stalls and units etc , he came across a stall operated by Provisional Sinn Fein at which he noticed , incrediously , that not only were they selling framed prints of Michael Collins but they had one such framed print located right beside a framed poster which declared that partition and conflict on this isle are things of the past ! -

(A clearer pic of this 'Its In The Past!' poster can be seen here.)

- our reader asked one of the PSF stall holders if they would agree that they were being a wee bit premature in saying that partition and conflict on this isle are in the past : he ended-up giving a brief history lesson to the hapless rep and asked how they could possibly support the notion that partition and the conflict which arises from it can be said 'to be over' as this island is still partitioned by Westminster , which maintains an armed , and political , presence on the island ? The garbled reply was as dense as the framed poster- "But things are a lot better...we're almost there....the leadership know what they're doing....things are looking up...."
Our man walked away , shaking his head in despair , and wondering how such people can be left in charge of a market stall , never mind how they can 'claim ownership' to the best way to resolve the not yet resolved issue of partition and the conflict that arises from same! Needless to say, he wasn't buying it....!