Monday 11 December 2017

Martina Devlin: Paisley and Adams are, to an extent, two sides of the same coin

Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

In his 'Ulster Says No' days, which seemed to stretch into eternity, Ian Paisley's language ran the gamut from inflammatory to incitement -- indeed, he was regarded as the IRA's most effective recruiting sergeant.

In later years, he grew more conciliatory, but it was like a blast from his brimstone past to hear him blame the Dublin-Monaghan bombings on Irish politicians, as he does in a BBC Northern Ireland documentary to be screened on Monday.

Most striking about the extraordinary argument he advanced was how similar to Gerry Adams he sounded. To a certain extent, they are two sides of the same coin. Neither admits to blood on their hands, either literally or by association, although there is some evidence they are now troubled by their roles during the conflict.

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