Austin Stack: 'McGuinness has no right to ask me to move on from the horror of my father's murder by the IRA'
I HAVE more than a passing interest in the current media and TV debates that surround the forthcoming presidential election and am especially interested in how the Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness has been handling questions about his past activities.
It is quite obvious that some candidates are probing McGuinness's past for their own political ends, while some elements of the media are genuinely questioning his involvement in an illegal army and asking is this person suitable to be our president.
What has remained outside this debate and has only recently been mentioned is how the victims of McGuinness's IRA past feel about the newly reformed peacemaker and candidate for the Aras. These are the people who had loved ones murdered, who have been the victims of punishment beatings or kidnappings or who have been terrorised during bank robberies.