Sunday 4 December 2016

Time to think carefully about who we want in government

We can be proud that post-revolutionary Irish politicians established a stable democracy. Do we really wish to risk it? asks Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

BOWING THE KNEE: Will Sinn Fein TDs Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Caoimhghin O Caolain take orders from Belfast?
BOWING THE KNEE: Will Sinn Fein TDs Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Caoimhghin O Caolain take orders from Belfast?

This is a critical period for Irish democracy. A period during which voters have to think hard about whether they want a stable democracy or are minded to take a punt on a smooth-talking populist party linked inextricably with the Provisional IRA.

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Yep, I'm talking about Sinn Fein, ruled by IRA veterans who grudgingly acknowledge the legitimacy of the "Free State" they hate, but show their true colours in their worship of terrorists who wanted to destroy it.

In Northern Ireland, they supplanted a successful civil rights movement. In the name of a united Ireland the IRA brought only hatred, misery, anarchy and the destruction of thousands of lives.

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