Home Rule

The leaders of Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party will take their pledge of office in Belfast today. In the New York Times, novelist Colum McCann remembers growing up in Dublin, with a mother from the North and a father from the South.

I wanted desperately to know the “why” of Northern Ireland. My mother was raw and quiet with grief. “Ach, it’s just sad,” she said. My father told me that the answer was simple — all the murderers, hatemongers, kneecappers, bombers, were going to be herded onto a small floating island, and they would be pushed out to sea, whereupon they could kill and maim and tar-and-feather one another endlessly. The rest of us, he said, would be left in peace.

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