Tuesday 21 November 2017

I'd like to believe in you, but the voices of the dead speak too loudly

Some 1,800 dead and nothing to show for it. How do Sinn Feiners sleep at night, asks Eamon Keane

'For the life of me I don't know how Irish people can vote or join a party where murderers and gunrunners sit with some people who are genuinely naive. How can you join them with a record like they have?" Dr Garret FitzGerald is talking to me on the day of Sinn Fein's poll surge.

I remind Garret that it is also the 28th anniversary of the murder of two young men -- garda recruit Gary Sheehan and Army private Patrick Kelly. They were killed by the IRA during the course of a search for kidnapped businessman Don Tidey.

Last week, leaked US embassy cables claimed that Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness knew in advance of the 2004 Northern Bank robbery. I wonder, do those who make up the 15 per cent support for Sinn Fein actually know what they will be voting for?

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