Perhaps we will hear an acceptance and an acknowledgement from unionists that the 'six counties' were developed as a Protestant state for a Protestant people; that they were built and maintained by systematic discrimination against Catholics.
Later in the debate I responded to what she had said:
I think that I am right to say that Ms Ruane comes from Mayo. If one were to think about discrimination, what county would come to mind more than County Mayo? The Mayo library case has gone down in the history of this island.
I remember listening to Ms Ruane on the radio telling us that she had never known discrimination until she came to Northern Ireland. Obviously the events in County Mayo, where the political and public communities agreed with the council's decision not to appoint a Protestant librarian, have slipped her mind.This was a case in which politicians and Roman Catholic churchmen in county Mayo rejected the appointment of a Protestant woman as the county librarian. They believed that only a Roman Catholic should be in charge of library services and the selection of library books in an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic county! In the end they won the day and a Roman Catholic librarian was appointed instead. The Protestant woman was then sent off to a post in Dublin. The year was 1930 and the Protestant librarian was Letitia Dunbar-Harrison.