Shiners New Leader – Same old Story

SINN Féin president-elect Mary Lou McDonald has been told to spend her time dealing with “dark and sinister elements” in her party rather than attending commemoration events linked to the IRA.

Ms McDonald is facing criticism from Unionists and Fine Gael for attending a wreath-laying ceremony in Castlewellan, Co Down last weekend. The event commemorated Peter McNulty, an IRA member who died when a device he was planting at a police station exploded.

Fine Gael Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick said Ms McDonald should have boycotted the event if she was determined to lead a modern party committed to peace.

Mr Fitzpatrick said he would prefer to see the Sinn Féin president-elect making greater efforts to help families of those who were killed by the IRA.

“Dark and sinister elements within the Sinn Féin movement know only too well what happened down countless dark alleyways or quiet rural fields when innocent lives were callously ended,” he said.

“Who primed explosives and who pulled triggers? Only Sinn Féin can provide answers or continue a cover up.

“As opposed to venerating those who maimed and brought horror to this island, perhaps Ms McDonald could help bring closure for families across Ireland.”

McNulty, a farmer from Castlewellan, died in 1972 when he was planting an explosive at a gate outside a police station.

He had previously been involved in IRA campaigns around the Border in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mr Fitzpatrick said families in the region had suffered loss and tragedy at the hands of the IRA.

“In my own constituency in Louth, father and farmer Tom Oliver was tortured and murdered by the IRA in 1991,” Mr Fitzpatrick said. “His family are still seeking the truth.

“Outgoing Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has not provided any solace to the Oliver family.

“Perhaps Ms McDonald will step out of Gerry’s shadow and Sinn Féin’s past and remember the true victims and help them find answers.

“Celebrating terrorist bombers belongs in the past or so we would have hoped. Perhaps not, perhaps Mary Lou is happy to walk in the footsteps of her outgoing leader.

“A puppet or a leader – early indications suggest the former.”

Sinn Féin failed to respond to a request for comment on the matter yesterday.

Ms McDonald had tweeted from the event last week to say she was “remembering the past” and “looking forward to the future”.

9 Responses to Shiners New Leader – Same old Story

  1. John Brennan February 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    Her political masters within the organisation would not approved her leadership unless they knew she could be relied on to attend such commemorations.
    Perhaps she might explain why the I.R.A. planted a booby trap bomb in Garryhinch 40 years ago which murdered Gda.Clerkin
    Nearly a 100 miles from the border it wasn’t meant for any passing British army patrol

  2. timothy February 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

    Can we expect that Deputy McDonald as leader will condemn past SF/IRA atrocities against the Gardai. Especially coming to mind is the Adare murder in June 1996 of Garda Jerry McCabe during an armed robbery by members Walsh, O’Neill, Sheehy and McAuley. Further grief was added 10 years later when Martin Ferris SF TD welcomed McAuley out of prison after The Good Fri Peace Deal. Disgraceful insult to the force and the citizens they protect.

  3. Eugene February 5, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

    The dogs in the street know that she is a puppet leader. Slab is the BOSS, end of story.The Lu will do what she is directed to do. You know, she has never made a decision in all her years there, always just standing by the side of the Bearded One nodding her head. See about 17 Councillors have left them in the past 2 years. She will not make a success of that job, after all , the Bearded One was there fo over 40 years, gained a fair bit of experience. I think she will learn how he hard way.

  4. timothy February 6, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

    I await with bated breath, sadly.

  5. Tom Smith February 10, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

    Maybe Mary Lou will have use of the bolt-cutters to cut off the other lock-the-deadlock that holding up NI business.

    tom smith

  6. John Brennan February 14, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

    Mary Lou can stand up on the back of a lorry and roar about “tiocfaidh ar la” at as many commemorations as she wants but come the next election “it will be the economy stupid”.
    She will be pushing SF as a left wing socialist party but I dont think the majority of low and middle income earners will swallow any hint of higher taxes.
    Adams was a disaster trying to explain SF economic policies and McDonald will get a tougher questioning on that

  7. timothy February 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    SF have followers who blindly support the party irrespective of the economy and will always negatively criticise the policies of others, that’s their agenda.

  8. Eugene February 21, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

    It was something awful to hear Her shouting,Up the Rebels and Tichaidh ar La. Now that is what drunken clowns do in pubs when they are trying to prove their half- boiled Republican Side. To hear that from the so called Leader of a political Party, well now , that is the pits. Of course nobody has challenged her about this loutish behaviour. Just like Jerry, apparently she can say what she likes and they let her away with it. We know what to expect from Her in the future. She was definetly endorsed by Slab.

  9. timothy February 25, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    A wish for new politics here after this outburst is remote. Deputy McDonald seems stuck in a time warp using this stale cliched rhetoric in an Ireland where we are trying to build good meaningful trustful relationships.

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