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Not at a Mass

In response to:

A New Ireland? from the October 7, 1993 issue

To the Editors:

The political influence of the Catholic Church in the Republic of Ireland is still a complex and thorny question both in its domestic politics and in relationships with Northern Ireland. But it is a complex question. One of the pictures accompanying Conor Cruise O’Brien’s article: “A New Ireland?” (NYR, October 7, 1993) was captioned “President Mary Robinson and her husband, Nick, at a mass in Dublin 1992.” It would be ironic if the impression of a confessional state were to be reinforced by this image, which in fact represents President Robinson, her husband, and other civic leaders at a (Protestant) service in St. Patrick’s, a Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, of which her husband is a member.

Iseult Honohan
University College
Dublin, Ireland

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