Demand for justice has changed Northern Ireland

An interesting opinion piece by Sunday Telegraph staffer Jenny McCartney (she’s the daughter of a prominent Unionist politician, and no relation of the dead man’s family), in which she predicts that the McCartney sisters are in for a rough ride on their return to Belfast. She believes “they will be subjected to the full force of Sinn Fein’s PR machine, which will attempt to smear them and their motivations”. She concludes by recalling another victim of apparently random IRA violence:

In 1998, an IRA gang murdered a 33-year-old Catholic man called Andrew Kearney. I remember meeting his mother Maureen, a life-long republican who had begun a spirited campaign against her son’s IRA killers. In the absence of any other redress, she asked Sinn Fein to pay for his funeral. Eventually, Gerry Adams visited her house and told her to leave the matter in his hands: he promised to return in three weeks, she said, after a trip to America. He never came back.

In August 1999, Mrs Kearney died: the priest at her funeral said it was of a broken heart. Sometimes justice arrives too late, or not at all. But the McCartneys have already changed Northern Ireland, simply by demanding it.

  • ulsterman

    We shall see. The jury is out on that one. What was McCartney doing in the pub that day?. Was he given his criminal pass a member of SF or the IRA.There are a lot of unanswered questions over that bar meeting.

    Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams founded the peace people and soon fled Northern Ireland when the money came there way. Will the McCartneys do the same?.

  • Occasional Commenter

    I know that it might look like I’m falling for ulsterman’s bait, but I have seen others ask what he was doing in a pub with IRA members.

    To me, it just seems like any other city centre pub, and I don’t think there is any major slant towards any ideology or faction.

    Also, some have asked about the layout of the pub, wondering if it was possible to not see anything. It’s not a very big pub, but the bar is in the middle with the punters standing and sitting in a U-shaped area. If you were on the opposite side of the bar from the incident, you mightn’t notice anything.

  • levitas

    Perhaps I am being naive, but I am rather puzzled as to why Robert McCartneys companion, Brendan Devine’s, evidence is not apparently sufficient to support a conviction.
    Why is mr Devine not pointing the finger at the guys who cut him up and killed his pal.

    Has Brendan Devine made a full statement, if not, why not?

    If he has surely it would carry some weight? Or is he wary of the PSNI too being only recently convicted of GBH himself?

    I am genuinely puzzled by this, the McCartney’s sisters described Brendan Devine as “irrelevant” on RTE 1 this morning , why is he “irrelevant” I gather he is pretty central to the whole sorry tale.