Saturday 25 February 2017

Why Provos' Army Council must disband

Sinn Fein is still hand-in-glove with a paramilitary organisation that claims to be the legitimate government in the Republic.

Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

Brian Keenan once referred to ‘those bastards in power in the Free State’.
Brian Keenan once referred to ‘those bastards in power in the Free State’.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Martin McGuinness at a press conference

In August 2003, five years after the Good Friday Agreement and two before the Provisional IRA was said by Sinn Fein to have "left the stage", the then Sinn Fein MEP, now deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald addressed a rally at Fairview Park in Dublin to commemorate a faintly ridiculous figure from Irish history called Sean Russell.

Depending on your perspective, Russell was a Nazi sympathiser, a communist, a "political naif" or the embodiment of a true Irish patriot.

The 2003 commemoration was also addressed by the late Brian Keenan, a member of the Army Council of the Provisional IRA from Belfast.

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