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Brian Keenan once referred to ‘those bastards in power in the Free State’.

Brian Keenan once referred to ‘those bastards in power in the Free State’.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Martin McGuinness at a press conference

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Martin McGuinness at a press conference

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Brian Keenan once referred to ‘those bastards in power in the Free State’.

In August 2003, five years after the Good Friday Agreement and two before the Provisional IRA was said by Sinn Fein to have "left the stage", the then Sinn Fein MEP, now deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald addressed a rally at Fairview Park in Dublin to commemorate a faintly ridiculous figure from Irish history called Sean Russell.

Depending on your perspective, Russell was a Nazi sympathiser, a communist, a "political naif" or the embodiment of a true Irish patriot.


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