Blast from the Past

Blast from the past

Time to read the papers here in Donegal. The Irish Times is full of government papers made public under the 30 year rule.

Something poignant – that, five years before he was murdered on his boat off Mullaghmore, Earl Mountbatten offered his house, Classiebawn, to the Irish state. The offer was politely refused because the government did not feel that the state could make adequate use of it. Something hopeful – that the short-lived power-sharing Executive of 1974 actively considered a form of integrated education. Something depressing – Ian Paisley was accusing the government of selling out to the IRA. Consistency is not always a virtue.