Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, February 5, 1972 THE ItTHMIDOE HBAID 2t Protestant president for Ireland? Life no bowl of cherries By CAROL KE.VNKUY The deputy premier of the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Republic of Ire- say it's possible next a Protestant. This in itself is a striking ex- ample of the differences in status arid opportunity between the tiny Protestant minority in the south and the much larger Catholic minority in embattled Ulster. Although nothing in Ulster's constitution precludes a Catho- lic holding office, it was only re- cently that one was appointed to cabinet rank and in u tempo- rary, new posting. Of course, Erkine Childers, the Republic's second-in-com- mand, may be a special case. He has impeccable Republican ancestry, being the son of a fa- mous author who fought in the Irish civil war and was shot. Nevertheless, the first Irish president, Douglas Hyde, was also a Protestant and modern Ireland holds other examples. ABE ON BENCH Of the top 12 Irish judges, two are Protesianls. Dublin's distin- guished Trinity College is still largely Protestant-run and elects as many representatives to tiie Irish Senate as the larger j Kslional University, a Catholic j establishment. j The remaining Protestant en- clave in the south, about five per cent of the country's three j population, still retains r.-ch of the wealth and social Tuition of the original Anglo- i. ish "ascendancy" which ruled uatfl the nationalists achieved Independence 50 years ago. They were prominent in such fields are banking and insur- ance One Catholic politician quoted in a recent newspaper report described them as living in a "plush-lined ghetto." The Irish constitution specifi- cally guarantees all citizens the tree' profession and practice of religion, subject to publi'J mo- rality and order. It bans dis over such questions as mixed- religion marriages and entry to exclusive social clubs. Isolated examples lave oc- curred of Catholic pressure against the Protestant minority Church of Ireland An- glican with about Presby- terians and other denomina- tions. Usually these expressions of disapproval are aroused by di-sputcs over the religious gain- ing of children of mixed mar- riages. A Church of Ireland rector near Dublin said recently that when he became involved in such a dispute, he received phone calls at all hours from angry Catholics "who it be known they didn't think Protes- tants had any more right io live here than lice or rats or any other vurmin." SKKS V1CIOUSNESS lie; says: "We're living in a fools paradise if we think there isn't this vieiousncss underneath the crust." Observers suggest that if Ire- land were united, many north- ern Protestants would probably remain in the north among Uieir own community. Some might wish to join the Irish civil or foreign service, but under present regulations would have to learn Gaelic. Opportunities in the theatre and press might lure some northern Protestants to Dublin. Belfast's theatrical activity is Nation in its best year in history says Davis VANCOUVER (CP) The Canadian economy is growing more rapidly than the eco- nomies of most other coun- tries, although the country still has an unemployment problem, environment minister Jack Da- i speech to the Canadian Club, Mr. Davis said Canada's industrial output "is going up much faster than that of any other nation in the western crimin ation grounds. on religious I UUilua. But the country's way of hie is heavily oriented towards the Catholic faith, including prohibi- tion of divorce and family plan- ning, censorship of books and films and control of education by the Catholic church. RESENT ATMOSl'HEKK Some Protestants resent the cultural atmosphere and frus- tration tends to mount with their feelings that there is vir- tually nothing Uiey can do about the situation. Many of them are reported to favor retention of some links with the British Crown and are unsympathetic with the general Republican approach of reunifi- cation of all Ireland. However they remain silent loiowing that their views are not shared by the vast majority of their coun- trymen. In practice, many small Irish towns are divided by an invisi- ble wall between the Protestant often em- braces the local the Catholic majority. Here subtle discriminations have tradition- ally been exercised, usually Pact near in lengthy phone strike ..WASHINGTON (AP) The federal government's chief me- diator anounced today a tenta- tive agreement has been reached to end longest tele- phone strike in United States history, a seven-month walkout in New York State. Director .1. Curtis Counts of the federal mediation and con- ciliation service said he is opti- mistic the tentative agreement will be ratified by strikers. Terms were not immediately "Obviously Canadians have ten doing much better than they he said "Our economy has been grow- ing at a fantastic clip." Mr. Davis said the country's growth rale has been maintain- ed at a time when the rate ol growth of many other coun j tries has fallen off. Canada', growth, in comparison to tha of the United States, was "phe- nomenal." While Canada has too manj people seeking work, the gov ernment has "a good record on the employment Mr Davis said. The country was coping with an enormous rise in the work force and, in per ccntage terms, was putrin more people to work than an> other country'. The problem with the hig! unemployment rate, he said, is the influx of new job-seekers but he predicted that afte 1975, when there are fewer peo force cant compared to the richness the Dublin stage, and the our southern morning news- apers are less tied 10 sectarian ntcrcsts than their two Belfast ounlerparls. Southern Ireland's tax-haven talus for artists and writers light prove another magnet. 3ut for the bulk of the Ulster mpulation, welfare benefits in ic republic would have to dou- le to match those handed out under the British umbrella. :iIANGES A MUST Many other built-in features f life in the republic would loubtless have to be modified >cfore unity could find accept- nce among northern Proles- ants. Although Dublin's ultra- Archbishop John tlcQuaid now has retired, the church still wields a powerful influence over daily life and the Jatholic-directcd book censor- ships still in force. Last week the Dublin govern- ment declined even to give a first reading to a bill designed to allow the sale of contracep- ives in drugstores. Many simi- ,ar aspects of Eire life are ac- cepted by its present Protestant minority but would grate on Ulster sensibilities. The poet William Butler Yeats, when a senator in the Irish Parliament of 1925 warned the Senate then that it southern Ireland was seen to be governed by Catholic ideas alone, "you will never get the north." pie entering the "unemployment will drop t EDMONTON (CP) Dave Morris turns and points to three deep dents in the wall behind him. "That's from the time a woman threw a heavy ashtray at me. She thought I was the one responsible for denying her legal aid." Mr. Morris is the middleman >etween people who want help and the lawyers who provide it. or who have some ability to pay but haven't the ready cash In get a lawyer when ,they need him. If a person has no funds, Ihc service is free. "Legal aid covers every con- ceivable sand Mr. Morris. "A lot of people think that id me luwyejo wiiu j-uuviut jv. Would-be clients who threaten so- legal aid just provides free law- yers for crooks and divorces for loose women. That just his life or throw ashtrays aren't lis only problems as director of the Alberta legal aid plan. There are the lawyers who be- come infuriated when he refuses jo approve accounts they have submitted for work done under ,he plan. There's also the Law Society of Alberta. The society is his employer and Mr. Morris won't admit for publication there are any problems there. In legal aid tile society has much to be proud of. It oper- ated a criminal aid plan from 196-1 and a civil plan from 1968 until July 1, 1970, when the cur- r e n t government-supported scheme began operating. Under Ihe old scheme the aid was provided free, but the need for legal aid grew beyond the point where it could be handled entirely by volunteer efforts by the province's lawyers. Now, virtually every law firm in the province co-operates in the plan lo provide legal serv- ices al a reduced rate to per- sons who can't afford a lawyer About 75 per cent of the peo- ple who go to the legal aid of- fice for help in other than crimi- nal mailers are involved in do- mestic disputes like paternity suits, or questions involving cus- tody of children or mainte- nance, or divorce or adoption procedures. Generally legal aid also Is available for any proceeding which can compel attendance of a person before a court or an administrative board. Most of the decisions on whether legal aid should be granted are made by ID-man committees in each of Alberta's judicial districts. Some applications are Investi- gated. Such a one is the woman whose small plot of land was sprayed with a herbicide by a low-flying aircraft under con- tract to the provincial govern- ment. All her plants wilted and she is seeking a small sum in damages. The provincial government pays amount of the cost of legal aid. In 1970-71, tor only three-quarf> ers of the fiscal year, 11 was In 1971-72 the appropri- ation was For the 1972-73 fiscal year It Is esti- mated that the amount allo- cated will be million. DIRECTOR OF NURSING Salary to (Plus Northern Allowance) Medical Services Branch, Inuvik General Hospital (100 bed active treatment hospital serving the Western Arctic) Department of National Health and Welfare INUVIK, N.W.T. Public Service Fonction publique Canada Canada DUTIES: Tile Director of Nursing, responsible to the Medicol Director plans, directs, and nursing lervico to ensure efficient care. As n member of the Hospital Executivo Committee, the Director of Nursing participates In policy for- mation, forecasts the needs of the nursing service and pro- motes effective public relations, (faff development ond in- service education. QUALIFICATIONS: Requires eligibility for registration n nurse in a province of Canada; a Bachelor of Nursing Degree or a certificate in Nursing Service Administration or teaching and supervision and evidence, through work history, of man- agement capability sufficient to perform the administrative responsibilities of the position, Forward "Application for Employment" (Form PSC 367-401) available at Post Canada Manpower Centres and Offices of the Public Service Commission of Canada, to the; Public Service Commission, 300 Confederation Building, 10355 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton 15, Alberta. Please quote reference number 73-E-714. announced. more acceptable levels." Counts said he had no com- Mr. Davis predicted that 19 merit on whether the tentative will be "the best year in Can- New York agreement if j ada's economic with accepted, upset terms of the a rise in all economic indica- U.S.-wide agreement that ended tors. _ strike against the Bell System last summer. i made The New York locals refused I liven'. to acept terms of the pact and had remained on strike since July 14. The AFLrCIO Communication WoTkcrs of Americas has members off in New York State. The strike has given the New A text of his address available before was de- Second best year DETROIT (AP) General Motors Corp. reported here that 1971 was its second most UK auin-t uuj profitable year in history, with York Telephone Co. a backlog earnings totalling billion of more than unmslallcd telephones. During the walkout strikers drew unemployment insurance, because New York is one of two states that pays benefits to strikers. 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