Letter: Shared sovereignty over Northern Ireland

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Sir: In his article in today's Independent arguing for shared sovereignty, Brendan O'Leary states: 'Shared sovereignty would also protect Unionists against the threat of demographic erosion - plainly evident in the latest census returns.'

The census of 1991 did not ask any questions about people's political opinions. It did ask about religious affiliation. Anybody who knows Northern Ireland would be aware that religious denomination does not equate accurately with constitutional aspiration, par-

ticularly in respect of Roman

Catholics.

Only when it is recognised that the majority of people in Northern Ireland do not fit neatly into one of two sectarian stereotypes can sensible discussions on its political future take place.

Yours faithfully,

LEONARD JARVIS

Lisburn,

Co Antrim

28 January

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