Friday 23 February 2018

Mary Lou needs to put SF in the North back in its box

Mary Lou McDonald's willingness to defend the indefensible will taint her leadership of Sinn Fein, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

REMEMBERING THE PAST: Sinn Fein’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald during the annual Remembrance Sunday service at St Patrick’s Cathedral last November. Photo: Colin O’Riordannot
REMEMBERING THE PAST: Sinn Fein’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald during the annual Remembrance Sunday service at St Patrick’s Cathedral last November. Photo: Colin O’Riordannot

The row over a Sinn Fein representative releasing a video with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre should have been over by now. In any other party, it would be over.

Punishment would have been handed out. Discipline would have been restored.

In Sinn Fein, a week after the original video was posted online at five minutes after midnight on the 42nd anniversary of that notorious atrocity, when 10 Protestant workmen were singled out for their religion and murdered by the IRA, the row still stumbles on. If any more proof was needed of the dysfunctionality of the party, look no further.

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