Time for SF to show political maturity?

Sorry I’ve been away most of today. John Fay over at Newshound was earning his money today with an excellent round up of more analysis of the only story in Northern Ireland for the last month. Ferugs Finlay has an excellent piece in the Examiner, which examines Sinn Fein’s impressive (and seemingly impregnable) electoral mandate.

HOwever, he believes in attacking the integrity of the Republic’s government Sinn Fein is simply propagandising its way out of a difficult situation:

…on the RTÉ News on Sunday, I heard Gerry Adams saying that the only reason the Government had decided to attack Sinn Féin over the Northern Bank robbery and the issue of criminality was because they wanted to hide their own embarrassment over the Ray Burke affair. I don’t carry any torch for the present Government, but it is simply not true to say that they decided to use Sinn Féin criminality as a diversion to try to mask the publicity surrounding the jailing of Ray Burke. Gerry Adams knows that he is making the crudest of propaganda points when he says that.

He also argues that in continuing remain effectly outside the constraints of either state’s criminal justice system, it leaves itself open to many charges:

For as long as the republican movement feels that it alone will decide what constitutes criminality, and what doesn’t, and for as long as they feel free to dismiss any and all criticism on that basis, they have no-one to blame but themselves for the criticism they get. They seem to have entirely forgotten the Proclamation of Independence by which they claim to set so much store. The call to arms in that document ends by calling on republicans to ensure that “no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine.”

With the maturing of the peace process (at least eleven years old this summer), he believes it is time for Sinn Fein acquire some political maturity of its own:

In a real sense, and not a derogatory one, this is a time for growing up on their part. We are years past the ceasefire, years past the Good Friday Agreement. But the maturing of the process hasn’t been accompanied by the maturing of all its elements. If they care about the process, if they really believe in their own mandate, the republican movement will get away now from the carping criticism and the bullying behaviour. It’s their peace process as much as anyone else’s.

  • maire

    the only reason the Government had decided to attack Sinn Féin over the Northern Bank robbery and the issue of criminality was because they wanted to hide their own embarrassment over the Ray Burke affair.

    This is the same justification Martin Maginness gave last night on RTE.

  • James

    “they decided to use Sinn Fein criminality as a diversion to try to mask the publicity surrounding the jailing of Ray Burke.”

    If that bears any relation to reality then Sinn Féin must gird it’s loins for the coming Armageddon because, if nothing else, the Fianna Failers are a lightning rod for sleazy scandals.

    What is closer to the truth, I wager is that with the perception by the electorate that the Provos are the only outfit on the island capable of managing the bank job, the jackeens that run the Republic are fuming because they have been made to look like a crowd of country rubes. Boys oh boys!

  • Davros

    This might not be very politically correct, but what it boils down to is that there’s clean dirt and dirty dirt.
    Most of us might be tempted by cheating the tax-man or dodgy land deals. Dirty dirt is where,for example, violence is used. Both forms are unacceptable , but dirty dirt is absolutely unforgivable.

  • cg

    Thanks for that assessment Mr. Muscle 😉

  • Davros

    Have you read the Dune series ? …Issues Bene Gesserit warning.

  • Ringo

    they decided to use Sinn Fein criminality as a diversion to try to mask the publicity surrounding the jailing of Ray Burke.

    This is a compete red herring.

    Will someone who believes in this nonsense explain why the main opposition party, Fine Gael, have chosen to turn their fire on Sinn Fein – a party that they are under no electoral threat from – instead of at Fianna Fáil the party they are trying to dislodge from government?

  • DerryTerry

    Davros, clean dirt and dirty dirt? Does it matter who is doing the dirt, why the dirt is being done or more realistically, how an individual views the dirty doers?

    In fact, we could even pose the question, is it worse if an individual robs, with the threat of violence or violence itself, £50 or someone who avoids paying millions in taxes that could be spent on the health service, and thus save lives?