Irish talks must include all sides to find peace

July 06, 1996

YOUR JUNE 22 editorial, ''Setbacks in Northern Ireland," made several valid arguments, but missed the boat in regard to Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein.

Though the IRA's Manchester bombing cannot be condoned, your subsequent dismissal of Sinn Fein's role in the peace process is totally out of line.

Sinn Fein is a legal political party, and its leader, Mr. Adams, is the most influential Republican politician of our time. His convincing of the IRA leadership that politics could bring change is what spawned the recent cease-fire and, consequently, the current peace talks.

The IRA's renewed bombing campaign is deeply upsetting, but it cannot be blamed on Mr. Adams, who has consistently favored politics over armed struggle.

Your call for ''talks without Sinn Fein'' is absurd. Sinn Fein speaks for a sizable portion of Northern Ireland's Catholic community. These people deserve to have their aspirations represented in the peace process.

Lasting peace in Ireland will never be achieved unless all viewpoints are expressed and considered.

Chris Connolly


Pub Date: 7/06/96

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