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Eoghan Harris

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Far from being pro-Unionist, I do not want Ireland to be part of the United Kingdom. But, as a Wolfe Tone republican, I feel I have a firm duty to defend the rights of Protestants and Dissenters to do their own thing until such time as we can persuade them their future is in a federal Ireland.
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Eoghan Harris. Bloody Sunday, every bloody Sunday. Irish Independent.

 
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