Sunday 22 July 2018

Comment: Sinn Féin are simply not entitled to lecture anyone on the tricolour

The IRA was always happy to use the tricolour when it suited, such as at republican funerals like this one
The IRA was always happy to use the tricolour when it suited, such as at republican funerals like this one
John Downing

John Downing

They spent two generations draping the Irish national flag on the coffins of sectarian murderers, unsuccessful bombers who inadvertently ended their own lives, and more successful bombers of the mass-murdering variety.

Through the 1970s and 1980s, Sinn Féin and its IRA counterparts effectively purloined the flag from the rest of the nation. By creeping innuendo and persistent action, they linked it to murder in Ireland, spilling over into Britain and into mainland Europe.

Soon, ordinary citizens were reluctant to fly their own flag. People old enough to remember our heroes at the Italia '90 World Cup will recall the joy of people once more able to fly their flag without apology or embarrassment in the name of sport.

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