Sinn Fein is still trying to hawk evil role models to the young
Martin McGuinness was a bad man and we need to tell the truth about him, says Ruth Dudley Edwards
As well as the kerfuffle about embarrassing comments from anti-IRA clergy in newly released State papers, there was a row last week about the T-shirt for sale by the Sinn Fein online bookshop bearing the legend 'IRA UNDEFEATED ARMY' and illustrated with images of dashing young chaps in balaclavas carrying Kalashnikovs.
"A tribute to the men and women who led the struggle against British occupation of Ireland," they're available for €20 - quite a bit cheaper than the limited-edition reproduction of a portrait of Martin McGuinness, which is going for €600.
McGuinness's funeral last year was attended by President Higgins and US ex-president Bill Clinton, who were among those extolling him as a peacemaker. Yet they knew well that McGuinness - the republicans' favourite deceased terrorist - was certainly personable and, when he wanted to be, courteous and diplomatic, but that he was an unrepentant mass murderer and congenital liar who, until his death last year, was one of the IRA veterans running the republican movement.