Deflecting IRA question wasn’t an option for Gallagher
Brian Lynch reveals a chilling warning on the consequences of indulging Sinn Fein’s ambitions
Published 23/10/2011 | 07:11
‘I DO not like condemning people . . . I wouldn’t like to politicise grief."
That was Sean Gallagher’s reply last week to the Sunday Independent’s written questions about Martin McGuinness’s IRA connections. Some days earlier, David Kelly had asked McGuinness for help in finding the murderers of his father, who was a soldier.
But imagine if he had asked Gallagher instead. And imagine if Kelly was told, “I wouldn’t like to politicise your grief ”. It’s remarkable how a little word like ‘your’ can make a vaguely fancy but impersonal sentiment smell like a big cloud of lukewarm gas.