Monday, November 13, 2006

A Open Letter to the Union Executive

Monday, 13 November 2006

Dear Executive,

It has come to our attention that plans have been proposed at executive level which would allow for the use of university/union property for the launch of a book glorifying the life of Bobby Sands, the IRA terrorist.

It is with the strongest terms possible that we must object to this usage. Bobby Sands was a terrorist, he committed crimes and was punished for them. It is simply republican propaganda that has turned him into the idol he is today for nationalism.

For these reasons his image is regarded as one of the worst examples of rewriting of history in the troubles by the unionist community and thus totally unacceptable.

If it is indeed the policy of the union to be inclusive and non-sectarian as the constitution, university calendar and many other publications state, then it cannot possibly allow this event to take place. To do so would be a slap in the face of anyone from the British community at Queen’s, not to mention those with respect for the rule of law, and intolerance for the glorification of terror.

We demand that this event be barred from taking place on university property, to allow it to continue would be an insult to the our society and a severe dent in the burgeoning culture of mutual respect at QUB since the dark days of republican dominance and violence.

Yours faithfully,

Graham Steven Barton
President – Ulster Society

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