Your report on the divorce referendum in Southern Ireland contained a factual error that may mislead American readers.
It incorrectly stated that Ireland is an "island republic" and then goes on to quote figures relating to Southern Ireland alone without giving adequate clarification of the separate status of Northern Ireland. The population of Northern Ireland is not, and has no wish to be part of an island republic of any description.
The romantic notion that Ireland is, or should be, an island republic permeates Southern Irish society and gives Irish Republican terrorists a degree of respectability that they would not otherwise enjoy.
WILLIAM JOHN WALKER