A blog by Colm Heaney. Colm was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has lived in Northern Ireland since 2001. He currently lives in South-East Belfast with his wife and two children who will both be attending Lough View Integrated when the school year begins next month. Colm is a sub-editor at the Daily Mirror in Belfast
As the calendar turns towards summer and the flags are up around Northern Ireland, a curious five-year-old will notice.
“Daddy. You see that red, white and blue flag? Is it ours?”
And with that my, quite frankly, naive hopes that I could somehow protect my children from Northern Ireland’s politics and talk radio forever all come crashing down.
“Um… no…. yes…. sort of. Look, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement that decision is yours and yours alone.” (more…)