A simple story horribly mangled

Elis O’Hanlon has an axe grind with people in the media who insist on complication of a narrative that is hard to justify from a simple reading of the facts. Instead she invokes Occum’s razor (a powerful root of the modern scientific method) to great effect in today’s Sunday Independent. Or as Einstein might have put it: make everything as simple as possible: but not simpler:

The story is simple: the unimaginably brutal murder of their brother in a Belfast bar; the subsequent cover-up by IRA members and wall of silence erected by Sinn Fein; the attempt by the sisters to elicit national and international support for their fight for justice, culminating in the St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House.

The arc of the story is clean and straightforward, and yet as time passes it has become muddied with a multitude of extraneous interpretations and arguments about its ultimate meaning; an obfuscation which has been actively encouraged by republicans in an effort to detract attention from the simple fact that they have failed to match up to their alleged support for the McCartney women’s quest to see the men who killed their brother brought to court.

  • joedavis

    Eilish O’Hanlon is one of my favourite writers, thank you for bringing this article to my attention. As usual, I read it with care and was pleased with her normal consistency. She is one of those rare writers who doesn’t feel compelled to pretend that there is any of the competing power-blocs of greater merit than the others, nor does she seek popularity. I wouldn’t expect her to write in a more optimistic fashion unless, of, course circumstances were to actually improve.

  • alex s

    The McCartney sisters are at their most effective when they ‘hammer away’ with the simple facts of this case, their brother’s throat was cut by a gang of criminals who believed they could get away with it, it’s as simple as that, good luck to them, if they fail in their search for justice we will all be at risk