Dif­fi­cul­ties over cross­ing bor­der

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Opinion -

WE hear a lot about a hard bor­der be­tween N. Ire­land and Eire. Have peo­ple for­got­ten what we suf­fered years ago be­cause of dif­fi­cul­ties cross­ing the bor­der? The land­mark be­tween the two should not be re­moved.

While we keep the land­mark every ef­fort should be made to have good re­la­tions be­tween the two and not to re­turn to the for­mer days when we suf­fered from di­vi­sions be­tween us. The near­est bor­der to us was be­tween Lif­ford in Co Done­gal and Stra­bane in Co Ty­rone. There were sto­ries told about smug­gling even ne­ces­si­ties across the bor­der. Some were putting money in banks in Stra­bane prob­a­bly to avoid pay­ing taxes.

The hard bor­der af­fected me. I had a job in Omagh in an of­fice. Af­ter six months a let­ter came to my em­ployer that I would be fined £50 and have to pay £1 a day if I con­tin­ued to stay in Omagh. I did not know that the only way I could work in the Six Coun­ties was if I went back over the bor­der daily. So I had to give up my job. It is an ill wind that blows no one good. I came to Eng­land and was six months in an of­fice in St Neots, and then got a job in a bank. I came here to earn a liv­ing like my cousins and oth­ers, so bear that in mind be­fore turn­ing away mi­grants!

An­other good thing is Eire is in the EU and I have a much soughtafter Irish pass­port. I mar­ried an English man and our sons and grand­chil­dren can get one too. Our youngest son is de­lighted to have re­ceived an Irish pass­port.

E M Stu­art Thorn­bury, South Glouces­ter­shire

A waste in­cin­er­a­tor un­der con­struc­tion near the M5 in Glouces­ter­shire taken by Gra­ham Whit­lock from St Peter’s Church­yard, Hare­field

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