Letters - Far from Catholic

John O'Farrell is wrong about Tony Blair and Northern Ireland (Politics, 8 August). He believes the PM's late mother came from Donegal Catholic stock, but she was a Donegal Protestant. This undermines his argument that Blair understands the IRA because of "his shared ethnic and religious heritage with it".

Colin Armstrong
Belfast

This article first appeared in the 15 August 2005 issue of the New Statesman, Robin Cook: a tribute