Austin Stack: Are Sinn Fein brave enough to shake my hand?
MANY different views have been expressed about the handshake today between Martin McGuinness and Queen Elizabeth. While this much-needed step is to be commended, what motivations can Sinn Fein have in doing this now rather than last year when the queen visited these shores?
In the last week or so the Sinn Fein PR machine went into overdrive and milked their announcement of this handshake for all it was worth.
This naked manipulation of a simple act should be seen for what it really is. This is yet another way for the former representatives of paramilitaries to divert attention away from their past and proceed straight to some form of political normalisation without first reconciling with victims of the IRA or attempting to repair the damage they have done.