From Ms Mary Ellen Synon.

Sir, Colin Joyce of Galway (Letters, November 23) is suggesting that the Financial Times is going back to old prejudices against the Irish. I would be surprised if there were many old prejudices against the Irish at your office, since the modern FT was founded by a red-headed son of a Fenian called J.K. Bracken.

British intelligence agents in pre-independence Ireland kept a file on J.K. at their headquarters in Dublin Castle. Brendan, the son, tried to erase traces of his family links with the Irish Republican Brotherhood; but he could never erase the fact that his father is still honoured as one of the seven founders of the Gaelic Athletic Association, once called “the IRA at play”.

Mary Ellen Synon,

Brussels, Belgium

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