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If SF wants to rule, it must reply to questions and respect victims


The republican party excels at deflecting attention from the past - but that's not good enough for prospective leaders, writes Mairia Cahill

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Stephen and Breege Quinn at the graveside of their murdered son Paul Quinn. The Quinn family are still waiting on Murphy to state that their son was not a criminal. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Stephen and Breege Quinn at the graveside of their murdered son Paul Quinn. The Quinn family are still waiting on Murphy to state that their son was not a criminal. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Stephen and Breege Quinn at the graveside of their murdered son Paul Quinn. The Quinn family are still waiting on Murphy to state that their son was not a criminal. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It didn't take long for Sinn Fein to revert to type. After the first few weeks of a campaign which saw lots of media shots of Mary Lou McDonald hugging pensioners other than Gerry Adams, the wheels came off in the final week of the campaign - and since - with coverage of the Paul Quinn murder, shouts of "Up the 'Ra" from David Cullinane, and off-key singing of Come Out Ye Black and Tans from Dessie Ellis and co.

It was an error of their own making. Not according to Sinn Fein, though. Somehow, in the aftermath of their excellent election results, a dangerous narrative was spun, Trumpesque, that the media were out to get them.

Let's get one thing straight. Ellis and Cullinane are responsible for their own stupidity.