The following article by Jim Gibney is taken from Sinn Fein’s An Phoblacht/Republican News from 26 August. We don’t agree with very much of Sinn Fein’s politics, but on this issue — the rights of travellers — they have a good record.
It comes as a shock when you think you know something about something and you suddenly realise you know very little.
That’s how I felt a few weeks ago sitting in a lecture theatre in St Mary’s University on Belfast’s Falls Road.
The occasion was the Royal Victoria Hospital’s annual lecture in West Belfast’s Féile an Phobal.