Ireland Will Remain A Divided Country Unless Ulster Citizens Decide Otherwise

Ireland Will Remain A Divided Country Unless Ulster Citizens Decide Otherwise

The book review ''A Critical Portrait of 'the Man Who Was Ireland' -- Eamon de Valera,'' April 19, ends on a false and misleading note when the reviewer states that the partition of Ireland ''appears to be on the way to extinction.''

A united Ireland may be a hope for many in the Republic of Ireland and in the United States, but it is not the wish for many citizens in Northern Ireland. The British government has given firm assurances that Northern Ireland will remain part of the United Kingdom until a majority of Ulster citizens desire otherwise. Since Protestants and Unionists constitute a large majority in Ulster, the partition of Ireland is unlikely to end in the near future.

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Alistair Budd, Rolle, Switzerland

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