Saturday 25 November 2017

Like Pearse, McGuinness is misleading followers

The North's deputy first minister told a SF meeting that a united Ireland is imminent. He's deluded

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Kind friends invited me to stay with them last week in the Canary Islands, where I spent much of my time reading about the leaders of 1916, for - to commemorate the centenary - I'm writing a book about the signatories of the Proclamation.

The first biography I wrote was of Patrick Pearse, and though I then took a long professional detour away from Irish history, events on our little island keep drawing me back to the Easter Rising.

So it was fitting that as I was following on my Kindle happenings in the GPO in 1916, I learned from my laptop of Martin McGuinness's rallying cry to the Sinn Fein faithful in Omagh apropos three upcoming elections which are to take them to the promised land: Westminster, May 2015; Stormont May 2016; and the Dail sometime in the next year or so. "These elections give us the opportunity to take more huge strides towards our ultimate goal," he explained, "to put our struggle on to a new trajectory where the unity of our country and the establishment of the 1916 Republic becomes inevitable."

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