Thursday 14 December 2017

Race for the Aras

•In supporting Ann McCabe for her brave position in opposing the presidential candidature of Martin McGuinness. I also wish to offer my solidarity to all those North and South whose family and friends were murdered, injured or traumatised as a result of the Troubles.

The circumstances of the murder of my father, Garda Richard Fallon, in 1970 bring an additional layer of complexity to the story of the Troubles. For it is my belief that my father's murder occurred due to the complicity and cowardice of the government of the Republic in responding to the violence and prejudice directed at Catholics in the North at that time. The truth of this sorry tale has yet to be formally acknowledged.

It has been said that there is no hierarchy of suffering. In agreeing with this idea we could do well to remember that many of us could never agree to the righteousness of murdering another human being in the pursuit of our political beliefs. That Mr McGuinness should continue to do so marks him as a man who recognises no constitution but his own and those who surround him. His candidacy ignores those whose experiences have not yet been honoured with an adequate truth.

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