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Activity 6
DIFFERENTIATION



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GROUP WORK
MEDIATION

Share your findings and learn about the other texts.

3
What are the similarities and the differences?


4
How has the situation in Northern Ireland evolved?


5
Think about how you would have felt if you had lived in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. Discuss how you would feel if you lived there now. Why?

Useful vocabulary: The situation in Northern Ireland is still… As a matter of fact…
In the long term, we can wonder if this is…
Indeed… Actually / In reality…
If I l lived in NI, I would be… because…
Text B
“Brexit: There Will Be a Hard Border. The Only Question Is Where?”, The Irish Times, James Anderson, 2017.

Notions of a high-tech unseen border are a pipe dream or smokescreen, Brexiteer promises of a soft border almost worthless. [...] So the real or hard border will actually be the sea around the island of Britain and the ports and airports connecting with the island of Ireland. […]

Any attempt to re-impose a hard border would be highly disruptive and extremely unpopular, not only in local border communities but across the island. There would inevitably be widespread popular resistance and civil disobedience. More ominously, it would undermine the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and a peace process built on cross-border institutions and minimising the border.

“Brexit: There Will Be a Hard Border. The Only Question Is Where?”, The Irish Times, James Anderson, 2017.

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On the grapevine

Let’s use what you have learnt in
Activity 5
and / or
Activity 6
!

No recordings were allowed when the Queen met with Martin McGuinness. Imagine their dialogue. You can use the language lab to record it.

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Text A
“Belfast Flag Protest”, BBC News, 2012.

Loyalists opposed to new restrictions on flying the union flag at Belfast city hall have been holding protests across Northern Ireland all week after the city council voted to fly the flag on about 20 designated days.

Nationalists at Belfast City Council had wanted the union flag taken down altogether, but in the end voted on a compromise from the Alliance party that it would fly on designated days. [...] The protest at Belfast City Hall was peaceful, but an Irish tricolour was set on fire.

“Belfast Flag Protest”, BBC News, 2012.
Text C
“American IRA figure calls for end to dissident republican armed struggle”, Henry Mc Donald, The Guardian, 2015.

Martin Galvin, [...] a bitter critic of Sinn Féin’s peace strategy, [...] call[ed] into question the use of violence by the new IRA and other anti-ceasefire paramilitaries.

The New York-based lawyer [...] said there was a lack of support for armed struggle within the republican community at present.

“You would need a sufficient popular acceptance or acquiescence in the use of force in nationalist areas, or at minimum in republican heartlands. You will not get such support until political alternatives fail and are seen to have failed.”

“American IRA figure calls for end to dissident republican armed struggle”, Henry Mc Donald, The Guardian, 2015.
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Workbook p. 117

1
Read your text. Sum it up in two or three sentences.

2
What is suggested?

Useful vocabulary:
This text was published in (newspaper) on (date)... We are told that..
It is a paper press article...
This text deals with / is about…
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