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Fiach Kelly: Irony of rebuke seems lost on proud supporter of shadowy organisation

Fiach Kelly

Published 29/12/2012 | 05:00

Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis pictured leaving his house in Finglas, Dublin.
Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis pictured leaving his house in Finglas, Dublin.

AN irony-free zone all around, then. In a statement absolutely devoid of irony, Dessie Ellis claimed Fine Gael doesn't get irony.

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Mr Ellis, who admits being in the IRA at the "highest level", had initially refused to comment on secret British state papers which suggested that he was forensically linked to 50 deaths in the Republic and Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

But, rather than answer direct questions from this newspaper, Mr Ellis later released a statement attacking Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan's suggestion that he should be the first person to appear before any truth and reconciliation commission.

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