Like many, she feels that Ireland should be one country, but unlike the majority, she also thinks that there is some justification for the republican armed struggle.'I feel there was a justification, yes, and I believe Ireland is one country but my human side is relieved that the guerilla war is over.'
Alongside her support for Irish republican terrorism she has a marked disdain for Ulster unionists, in spite of the fact that she has met very few of them. But then prejudice is a great time-saver. It allows you to form an opinion without taking the time to find out the facts.
'Although I have only met a few unionists, intransigence is in their DNA - it's in their history and geography. I don't want to sound off but there is on their part a reluctance to concede anything, an ingrained sense of superiority.'
It is worth noting that this notable Irish author, who says that republican terrorism was 'justified', has such a strong love for Ireland that she has spent the last fifty years living in Chelsea, London's grandest postcode. Obviously she loved Ireland so much that she left it!