Bruce Arnold: A McGuinness win would reignite North struggle
Published 26/09/2011 | 05:00
For 35 years, Martin McGuinness caused the Republic of Ireland grave difficulties, involving it in his armed struggle against the British Government as well as his Protestant and Catholic neighbours. The IRA killed 198 Catholic civilians and 558 Protestants and 509 neighbours in the security forces. We do not forget Det Jerry McCabe or the release of his killers or the murder of Senator Billy Fox.
They brought violence and death into our lives, disrupting our attempts to make a modern economy work, preoccupying successive governments in protracted and complicated negotiations with administrations in the North and in Britain, eventually leading to a power-sharing solution.
The supposed achievements of this ''reluctant architect of surrender'' have been widely debated since McGuinness entered the presidential election. His deeds have become dominant, crowding out the other candidates in a debate that is showing signs of dishonesty, exaggeration and distortion.