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McDonald should show loyalty to our Constitution, not to the paramilitary past

John Bruton


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Paying respects: Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, former leader Gerry Adams, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill attending the funeral of former leading IRA figure Bobby Storey in west Belfast.

Paying respects: Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, former leader Gerry Adams, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill attending the funeral of former leading IRA figure Bobby Storey in west Belfast.

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Paying respects: Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, former leader Gerry Adams, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill attending the funeral of former leading IRA figure Bobby Storey in west Belfast.

Leader of the Opposition Mary Lou McDonald said last week that, if she were Taoiseach, she would still have attended the paramilitary-style funeral of Bobby Storey in Belfast.

This statement needs to be analysed, because it reveals Deputy McDonald's understanding of the obligations that go with holding the office of Taoiseach.

The thing that distinguishes a republican form of government from a monarchy is that in a republic one's loyalty is to the words of the constitution, whereas in a monarchy, one's loyalty is to the person of the sovereign.