Sunday 17 December 2017

Spectre of murder is spoiling Shinners' party

The prospect of Mary Lou breaking through the glass ceiling is seriously compromised.

Mary Lou McDonald TD. Picture: Tom Burke
Mary Lou McDonald TD. Picture: Tom Burke
John Drennan

John Drennan

POLITICAL discourse has, alas, become a little more refined since Shelley, in the The Masque of Anarchy, wrote of Viscount Castlereagh – who, in passing, engineered the Irish Act of Union – that "I met Murder on the way, He had a mask like Castlereagh, very smooth he looked, yet grim; Seven bloodhounds followed him''.

When it comes to our accelerating masque of political anarchy, whilst our very smooth 'but grim' Gerry Adams has been seen in the company of a fair few bloodhounds in his day, it might represent a bit of a leap from there to Viscount Castlereagh.

But, astonishingly just as one would think the Irish political system had run out of indignities to visit upon the electorate, the questioning of Adams, and Sinn Fein's response to it, has put the issue of murder at the heart of our election campaign.

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