Backroom cabal are not legitimate

A number of papers report the reaction to the Sinn Féin Chairman Mitchel McLaughlin’s recent comments. The Irish Times reports the McConville family’s call for the SF Chairman to resign, and quotes, among others, Fianna Fáil TD, Mr Brendan Smith, “It is the Irish people, not the IRA, who decide who governs Ireland.. It is disgusting for Sinn Féin to suggest a backroom cabal are this country’s legitimate government.

Also in the Irish Times, the Fine Gael leader in the Seanad, Mr Brian Hayes, is quoted – Sinn Féin’s “campaign to say that past atrocities were not crimes is part of a campaign to rewrite history for their own propaganda.

The Labour Party leader, Mr Pat Rabbitte, also criticised “the stated intention of the Taoiseach to resume contact with Sinn Féin on his return from China as if nothing had happened.“, saying that “Any civilised society must consider the abduction and murder of a mother of 10 children to be a crime of considerable barbarism

and, Fianna Fáil TD, Mr Brendan Smith, described this remark as “a serious affront to everyone who values our democracy…

It is hard to comprehend how any party can claim to be committed to democratic politics and the path of peace while at the same time maintaining that an unelected, unaccountable military junta is the rightful government of this country.”[my emphasis]

He called on Mr McLaughlin to withdraw his remarks. “The people of Ireland under our Constitution elect the Government in free elections.

“It is disgusting for Sinn Féin to suggest a backroom cabal are this country’s legitimate government.

“As a democrat, I say unequivocally to Sinn Féin: It is the Irish people, not the IRA, who decide who governs Ireland.”

The Irish Times also notes that Mr Michael McConville yesterday called on Mr McLaughlin to resign his position in Sinn Féin because of his comments. “To me taking human life is wrong. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are. It’s wrong to kill,” he said.

The only support for Mitchel McLaughlin comes from Sinn Féin representative – Arthur Morgan, the Sinn Féin TD for Louth, where the remains of Ms McConville were found by accident in 2003, said yesterday he did not think her killing was a criminal act.

Reaction in the North is reported in the Belfast Telegraph and quotes the SDLP MLA Alex Atwood – “..For the IRA and Sinn Fein, murder is not a crime and the IRA is a legitimate authority on the island of Ireland.

It raises further and deeper doubts about the nature and intentions of Sinn Fein and the IRA. It goes to the heart of what is decent and to the heart of what is democratic.”

And the Irish Examiner editorial is straightforward in its assessmentSINN Féin’s arrogance in attempting to rewrite history and reinvent the English language beggars belief. – describing Mitchel McLauglin’s comments as “the latest instance of its [SF’s] blinkered approach to reality

  • Davros

    It’s not about Unification though JD, It’s about unification within a sovereign state. A sovereign state in which SF want to hold power. That won’t be possible within a Unitary EU.

  • JD

    I wonder how long it will be until all those sovereign states dissolve? Is there a document that outlines the dissolution of sovereign statehood all across Europe?

  • Davros

    I wonder how long it will be until all those sovereign states dissolve?

    I’ll wager it will be sooner than a majority in the six counties vote for a Sovereign United Ireland, especially if, as suggested, Sinn Féin look to have a powerful position within that State.

  • JD

    Davros, do you know of a document that outlines the changes you mention for Europe? Sounds like it would be a fascinating read.

  • Davros

    Such a document would ‘not be helpful to the unification process’ JD 😉

  • JD

    Such a document would ‘not be helpful to the unification process’ JD 😉

    Errr…ok. But do you know of one?

  • Davros

    I don’t 🙂 It’s such a touchy subject. Every so often a German or French big-wig says something hinting at the intention and there’s an immediate uproar in the Sun and the daily Mail LOL

  • JD

    Thanks anyway, Davros.

  • cg

    Eu..Huh…conspiracy…Hitler…grumble,grumble 😉

  • cg

    Jimmy Sands

    “That yardstick would also disqualify RSF wouldn’t it?”

    Eh…Yes

    Davros and I were arguing over whom was the largest nationalist PARTY, as RSF don’t even stand for elections I don’t know why they were even mentioned.

  • Davros

    Hardly an arguments cg and, after all, RSF are one of the two parties who have a centenary this year 😉
    Telegrams to the UUP and RSF ?

  • IJP

    Pat

    Sorry mate but it really is a simple enough question: why do you support a party which regards the IRA as the legitimate government of Ireland and therefore opposed the Agreement as representative of the will of the people of Ireland?

  • Congal Claen

    Hi JD,

    “I wonder how long it will be until all those sovereign states dissolve?”

    It won’t happen. The EU will eventually break up as the the nations entering did do for selfish reasons. Not out of any sense of being European…

    France joined out of illusions of grandeur, the UK thought they were joining a free trade arrangement, Germany had to join out of guilt for WW2. Most others joined because they could ride the gravy train of subsidies.

    I can’t think of a single recent entrant or prospective entrant that is any different. So, the whole thing will collapse eventually. Too inward looking and a red tape nightmare. I wonder why richer European nations like Norway or Switzerland aren’t joining?