Thursday 21 September 2017

Kevin Myers: If we elect McGuinness to the Aras we will be turning our backs on the victims of the Troubles

Martin McGuinness has transformed his image from that of a warmonger to a peacemaker. But Kevin Myers says that if we elect the Sinn Fein candidate to the Aras next month we will be turning our backs on the victims of the Troubles

I see. This poor broken Republic clearly still has some way to sink. Pitting Gay Mitchell and Michael Higgins against the Sinn Fein electoral machine in the battle for the Park is rather like deploying the Kirov girls' ballet school to protect the Winter Palace from the Bolsheviks' Third Shock Army.

The last I heard, the IRA army council had not been disbanded. The last I heard, Martin McGuinness was still on it. Ergo, are we close to putting an IRA army council member into the Park?

Martin McGuinness sat at the top table of the IRA throughout the futile war of 1970-1996. He was a senior IRA leader when 10 Protestant workmen were massacred at White Cross, as he was during Bloody Friday, the Birmingham bombings, La Mon, and the Brighton and Downing Street attempts to assassinate two successive British cabinets.

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