For the twittering generation it’s easy to be outraged, but where’s the outrage for the victims of the IRA?
The priest who performed the funeral for murdered teen Keane Mulready-Woods reiterated an oft-repeated inconvenient truth.
It illustrates the hypocrisy and double standards of the younger generation who make their mark on society and politics from a very wobbly moral high ground.
For clarification, I am referring to the woke, politically-correct, self-righteous, virtue signalling, #MeToo, competitively-outraged cohort of that generation to be precise.
In his hard-hitting homily Fr Phil Gaffney reminded the congregation that the “inhuman, unthinkable” abduction, murder and dismemberment of Mr Mulready-Woods – whose body parts were dumped on a street as a warning to others – was a consequence of our society’s love affair with cocaine.
He said that the atrocity should be a wake-up call for “all of us as a society to realise that actions have consequences... drug-taking, doing a line of coke, has become as normal as having a drink”.
The people who murdered the Drogheda 17-year-old are involved in a blood feud for control of the cocaine trade so that they, and not their competitors, can become the sole suppliers to the same law-abiding society that is so shocked and repulsed by their savagery.
This is the same motivation that drives all the other horrific gangland feuds, including the Kinahan/Hutch gang war. Organised crime is a parasite that is nourished and enriched by the social habits of a large cohort of the population.
Yet the twittering generation, who are so easily (and selectively) upset, outraged and angered by social injustice and inequality will detach themselves from this awkward reality.
Some will continue to hoover up the lines of white powder, ensuring that the cycle of violence will continue ad infinitum.
This partly explains why so many had little difficulty supporting Sinn Féin in the election, despite the party’s long troubling relationship with the rule of law, and the way it treats the victims of murder and sexual abuse committed by the IRA.
While the herd of independent minds continue to stampede en masse after the latest shiny new moral outrage to present itself in an unfair capitalist world of inequality and injustice, they chose to ignore the heartbreak of Breege and Stephen Quinn, whose son was beaten to death by an IRA mob.
One would wonder how the same so-called ‘snowflakes’ would react if the Quinns were living in Trump’s America or Israel or South America: social media portals would crash under the weight of their indignation.
The fact that Sinn Féin politician Conor Murphy and party leader Mary Lou McDonald have conveniently forgotten the Quinns now that the election is over, and that Murphy is still refusing to say their son was not a criminal, should be the source of much soul-searching and introspection amongst the right-on luvvies.
If that isn’t bad enough, how can the huge #MeToo following here in Ireland reconcile their support for the Shinners when everyone is aware of the plight of IRA rape victims such as Paudie McGahon and Máiría Cahill? In those cases, Sinn Féin deliberately attempted to bury the truth and prevent the crimes from being reported to the police.
And what do they think about the smear campaigns being directed against these victims by the Republican movement? Campaigns aimed at diminishing, demonising and silencing victims.
What about Sinn Féin’s determination to begin tinkering with the administration of justice in this country, particularly the abolition of the anti-mafia Special Criminal Court which, in these particularly violent times, is the most important weapon against the gangs and the terrorists?
If this sceptical generation were so easily duped by Mary Lou’s announcement that the party is to “review” the court’s purpose, what did they make of how quickly the mask slipped and the displays of Provo triumphalism that saw chants of “Up the Ra” and jubilant declarations that they had brought down the “Free State”?
To put the Sinn Féin/IRA position on the Special Criminal Court in context – it would be a bit like a drug trafficker coming out of prison and getting involved in politics with the aim of abolishing the Drug Squad which nicked him.
The shadowy men behind Sinn Féin/IRA’s long war strategy, who still pull the party’s strings and dictate everything from the centre, probably always prayed for the coming of the gullible generation.
The confluence of conditions – including the poor performances of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael – when such large numbers of millennial voters were beguiled to disengage from their much-hyped moral values and turn their backs on the victims of murder and sexual abuse, must have the Provo politburo on its collective knees giving thanks.
But before this generation – which cares so much about climate action while flying without a thought – reaches for their keyboards or smartphones it is worth pointing out the fundamental fact of life that the whole world, and each and everyone of us in it, are hypocritical, contradictory and prejudiced.
None of us are infallible or perfect.
We are all human and as Gerry Adams declared in one of his more famous attempts to divert attention from his organisation’s outrages: “We are all to blame.”
But thanks to the social media revolution this new boom-time generation is more vociferous, moralistic, self-righteous and politically correct than the rest of us.
So they’ll either have to suck it up, or fall back on the default position – more competitive outrage.
So here we are then. The situation is quite fluid but roughly speaking you could sum it up like this: If anyone won the election, Sinn Fein won it. Then they made the huge rookie error of saying they won the election. And Mary Lou said she should be Taoiseach. Other parties, at this point, began tripping over themselves to say how badly they lost the election, and to agree that Mary Lou, with a little bit of help from Sinn Fein, had indeed won the election.
It didn't take long for Sinn Fein to revert to type. After the first few weeks of a campaign which saw lots of media shots of Mary Lou McDonald hugging pensioners other than Gerry Adams, the wheels came off in the final week of the campaign - and since - with coverage of the Paul Quinn murder, shouts of "Up the 'Ra" from David Cullinane, and off-key singing of Come Out Ye Black and Tans from Dessie Ellis and co.