That being said, I do agree that regardless of the way that English and Scots came to N. Ireland, they have still lived there for hundreds of years. The Irish have to find a way to get along or else they are never going to be successful. I do not know how to comment on Orange parades, but if they are contentious then thats not helping any.
I think a better comparison is South Africa. For example, hard to tell a Boer and their family that has only ever known South Africa as home that they dont belong there.
If you are referring to Bloody Sunday, there is definite evidence that IRA gunmen were in the Bogside Flats, and that they fired the first shot. The evidence, and this is important, comes from residents in that area, inc the local priest. These people are NOT pro-British, they were Catholic and sympathetic to Irish Nationalism/Republicanism. Yet they clearly state the first shot came from behind, which can only mean the IRA, as the Paras were well in front of the Bogside (the Paras famously had to ‘go into’ the Bogside).
In 1997, on its 25th anniversary programme on that fateful day, the major British TV channel Channel 4 investigated the day fully. And found evidence to support the IRA first theory AND it found photographic evidence, long forgotten, taken by newspaper photographers just prior to the march, of IRA men armed and in and around the flats on the Bogside.
There is also voluminous evidence since, post ceasefire, from ex-IRA men themselves that the IRA were there and fired first.
Remember this Saville Report has just said Martin McGuinness, Head of the Derry IRA Brigade, carried a submachine gun around that day but didnt fire it. Not even when the Paras were killing 13 people. Does that sound credible?.
IMO the Saville Report has fitted the facts to a predetermined conclusion.
Again, I will not defend the overreaction of the Paras that day, but they did not go into Derry that day with the intent to kill civilians.
If you are referring to the Gaels/Celts, sorry but what I said is true. The Gaels are NOT the original, ‘native’ people of Ireland, they are just one of the groups that invaded Ireland in ancient times.
They invaded Ireland in the south and systematically annihilated the inhabitants then living there, the Beaker People. So the descendants of Irish Nationalists who bemoan ‘foreign’ people in the island are themselves just the modern day descendants of a brutal Celtic tribe that invaded, pillaged, annihilated and subjugated.