A view of recent troubles in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland taken back to the gutter yet again.
Just when you thought Northern Ireland was moving forward with the rest of the world it turns out some people don't want to move forward towards a shared peaceful Northern Ireland.
The most recent issue is that the powers that be in Belfast city hall have voted to only fly the union jack on specific days throughout the year rather than fly it every day of the year. No big deal you would think??? Wrong, any little thing is a big deal in Northern Ireland.
The minority has the biggest mouth.
Having been born and raised in Northern Ireland I am sure I speak for the majority when I say we never want to go back to the days of constant violence and terrorism.
Watching the news last night I noticed that most of the people rioting were very young which leads me to believe they are out causing mayhem purely for the hell of it and not for their true believes. We all know young people can be easily influenced which makes easy pickings for the loyalists to gather a crowd and start riots, all it ever takes is one stone to be thrown and chaos ensues.
Some Loyalists and Unionists are going to take a "peaceful" stand in Dublin to get their point across that they fly the tricolour every day of the year. Do these people forget that Ireland is a seperate country from Northern Ireland and so it doesn't matter what they do? Northern Ireland is shared by mainly Catholics and Protestants and so it only makes sense to try and accomodate everyone. Being catholic and trying to be realistic I would like to see both the Tricolour and Union Jack flown on seperate occaions from Belfast city hall but that is never going to happen and like most Catholics accept that so why can't the people who are causing the latest line of trouble?
A ruined christmas for business's.
Christmas in Northern Ireland was a wash out especially for the shopkeepers in Belfast city centre, shoppers were afraid to going into Belfast in case they got caught in the riots and I can't blame them.
In the times it is and with the economy in dire straits, these riots will have a detrimental affect on the shopkeepers who depend on the Christmas boom to make any money, the fall out of this is going to be more shops closing with more job loses, that's exactly what we don't need.
We live in country were decromacy is the only way to move forward, violence is long gone even though parties from both sides keep trying to take us back there. If we keep going down this route of violence then no one gains except the terrorists.
A beautiful country that should be promoted.
We should be proud of our country and all the things it has acheived since the good friday agreement back in 1998, things have slowly but surely came a long way.
If we look back to before 1998, the days of road blocks set up in just about every town, the army walking along the streets, helicopters constantly buzzing over head, a new day brought a new murder on both sides, surely we can realise what we have now and that we don't ever want to lose it.
The G20 sumit is going to be held here, Derry / Londonderry is hosting the city of culture, filming shows like the game of thrones are being shoot here, these are among just a few things to mention, as people of Northern Ireland we should be promoting it as a peaceful place that people should come and enjoy but with the latest happenings I can see no one wanting to come near it with a 10 foot barge pole.