Difficulties over crossing border
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