Hello I’m Stephen Nolan. Today I’ve been asked to present World Have Your Say from my home town of Belfast. On my phone-in radio programme that went out on BBC Ulster today, I listened to Angela the wife of a police officer who told me how her son clung to her husband terrified he would be shot, begging him not to go to work. She echoed the fear and shock for many in our province that dissident factions have murdered two soldiers and one police officer in the last few days.
From the woman who fears that the dark times of Northern Ireland’s 30 year trouble are returning, from those angry on the streets that the hard-won peace process is in jeopardy, my listeners and the whole of Northern Ireland is talking about it.
Now, we’d like to hear what you, the WHYS community, think about this and your worries or hopes for the future of Northern Ireland. I and a small audience will be at the Headliners newsroom, which is a youth newspaper a stone throw from City Hall, we’ll be answering your questions. Would you like to know if the dissidents have support in communities? If we suspected or feared renewed attacks?
We’d also like to hear from others who have brought communities together, those who have had to put aside painful histories and try to calm restments – some countries in the Middle East, Nairobi, South Africa – and if you agree with David Aaronvitch in the Times who suggests we all need someone to hate. I am going to go out now to talk to some fellow who are gathering at City Hall in protest of the attacks.
If you have any questions for the people joining us in Belfast, post them below.