Sunday 18 March 2018

Voters should demand moral clarity from all candidates

Bereaved families have bravely spoken up against Martin McGuinness during the presidential campaign, writes Jody Corcoran

‘I WOULDN’T like to politicise their grief," Sean Gallagher said last weekend arising out of questions asked of the Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness by the families of victims of Provisional IRA killings.

But there is no politics in grief. Grief is grief. Nor can there be politics in murder. Murder is murder. There is, however, a requirement for moral clarity. Mr Gallagher attended a presidential debate of the candidates hosted by the RTE broadcaster Charlie Bird, at Dublin City University yesterday. He had expected the issue would arise. He was, it seems, prepared for it.

He had so expected because Ann McCabe, widow of slain Garda Detective Jerry McCabe, had intervened to devastating effect last week. She raised a searching question as to the suitability of Martin McGuinness for the Presidency.

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