Threat from SF 'activists'
Madam -- M Sullivan (Letters, August 12) is quite misguided to equate the direction and objectives of Sinn Fein with those of Fianna Fail. Having regard to Fianna Fail being a totally constitutional political party for most of a century, and Sinn Fein being the Johnny-come-lately in the democratic electoral process, let me point out a few things.
Whatever crib we can find with FF, we can be sure none of their activists will hold a threat of violence over us for a variety of excuses, and none. Any small community in rural Ireland, and the same is true of the cities, knows that there is always the whiff of the baseball bat wafting around the broad shoulders of SF, who for the most part have their true face and force in the background awaiting to be called into service should their nationalistic credentials be required or questioned.
M Sullivan, and indeed many voters, are lulled by the 'new' crop of SF politicians, local and national, who can string a few articulate sentences together, and voted for them because they have forgotten their recent history. So SF is now seen as some valid alternative to other political parties who have become stale. Big mistake. The rank and file of Sinn Fein are people who are not at all as plausible as the elected faces of the party, and to all intents and purposes remain a quasi paramilitary reserve force.