McGrady: Who's smearing who?

Eddie McGrady’s rival for the South Down seat, Catriona Ruane of Sinn Féin, has said her party wasn’t behind a leaked NIO office memo which appeared in the Irish News (subs needed) and contains stinging criticism by McGrady of John Hume’s peace strategy.

Ruane said on SF’s website:

” I utterly refute Eddie McGrady’s allegation that Sinn Féin leaked this NIO memo. This is a futile attempt by Mr McGrady to distract attention from the substance of the document.. This document is written by a senior British Official. If there is any smear involved it is by that Official. If the author of the memo has libelled Mr McGrady then he should sue him.

” Any objective analysis of Mr McCabe’s report shows that:

If it had been up to Mr McGrady there would be no Peace Process
According to Mr McGrady every one was out of step except him. This included grassroots SDLP members, John Hume and the Irish and British governments.

Mr McGrady was opposed to comprehensive, inclusive negotiations.

Mr McGrady placed narrow party political interests in front of the
development of what at that time an embryonic peace process

Mr McGrady opposed the development of a nationalist consensus on the way forward.

” These are the allegations which Mr McGrady has to answer.”

  • crat

    McGrady seems to want an investigation. Will he be calling for the same into Ian Paisley who seems to admit an illegal peak at confidential NIO documents in recent days?

  • carlosblancos

    It wouldn’t matter if McGrady came out and said John Hume was actually female, his seat is safe as houses.

  • The dog

    Eddie will probably be the last SDLP MP left after the general elections but the man is so nearly a unionist that it doesn’t really bode well for the SDLP. On another threat an SDLP councillor is even attacking people from a rural community who has the temerity to live in a city.

    I used to be interested in he future of the SDLP but now I can’t see anything that they have to offer. They show no political lewadership. THey have jno good ideas (a quango executive – or jobs for the boys and girls, a partitionist reunified Ireland aside – only joking), they don’t do any work on the ground.

    Give me Sinn Féin every day of the week.

  • Jimmy Sands

    And yet McGrady remains electorally the party’s most successful representative. There’s a lesson there somewhere.

  • Young Irelander

    The dog

    “but the man is so nearly a unionist that it doesn’t really bode well for the SDLP.”

    In what way is he “nearly a unionist”?

  • Young Irelander

    The dog

    “but the man is so nearly a unionist that it doesn’t really bode well for the SDLP.”

    In what way is he “nearly a unionist”?

  • Young Irelander

    The dog

    “but the man is so nearly a unionist that it doesn’t really bode well for the SDLP.”

    In what way is he “nearly a unionist”?

  • Young Irelander

    The dog

    “but the man is so nearly a unionist that it doesn’t really bode well for the SDLP.”

    In what way is he “nearly a unionist”?

  • gary

    Leak or not,if true it gives a pretty clear picture of McGrady’s pro Unionist tendancies.

    I haven’t heard Mc Grady endorse the SDLP policy on unification

  • slug9987

    Its always funny to hear SF criticising an SDLP person for putting party interests too high up.

  • PaddyCanuck

    Prediction:

    Eddie will lose is seat! You heard it here first… Good riddance!

    Mark my words!

  • Young Irelander

    gary

    “I haven’t heard Mc Grady endorse the SDLP policy on unification”

    I haven’t heard Mitchel McLaughlin say the murder of Jean McConville was a crime. Does that mean he’s a terrorist?

  • Young Irelander

    gary

    “I haven’t heard Mc Grady endorse the SDLP policy on unification”

    I haven’t heard Mitchel McLaughlin say the murder of Jean McConville was a crime. Does that mean he’s a terrorist?

  • Young Irelander

    gary

    “I haven’t heard Mc Grady endorse the SDLP policy on unification”

    I haven’t heard Mitchel McLaughlin say the murder of Jean McConville was a crime. Does that mean he’s a terrorist?

  • Young Irelander

    gary

    “I haven’t heard Mc Grady endorse the SDLP policy on unification”

    I haven’t heard Mitchel McLaughlin say the murder of Jean McConville was a crime. Does that mean he’s a terrorist?

  • Robert Keogh

    And yet McGrady remains electorally the party’s most successful representative. There’s a lesson there somewhere.

    Jimmy,

    that the power of incumbancy can re-elect a politician out of step with his community?

  • Occasional Commenter

    Ruane said: “I utterly refute Eddie McGrady’s allegation that Sinn Féin leaked this NIO memo”

    Is she prepared to deny that she herself leaked the memo? Perhaps, as SF would say, she, or her colleagues, weren’t “under orders” from central SF command?

  • Davros

    Catriona Ruane of Sinn Féin, has said her party wasn’t behind a leaked NIO office memo

    First reaction- must be true then.

  • Davros

    Another aspect to the story – Stormontgate:

    He said he was contacted by the PSNI some time ago, along with several party colleagues, and informed that several documents stolen from the NIO contained references to them.

    The South Down MP said he intended to pass documents to police “to see if they emanate from the Provisional (IRA) intelligence-gathering operation which led to the collapse of the power-sharing assembly at Stormont”.”

  • PatMcLarnon

    A so called leaked document, apparently 11 years old turns up in a blank envelope at the offices of the SDLP supporting Irish News. Thus allowing the Irish News to print an editorial condeming underhand tactics ‘aimed’ at the best chance of an SDLP seat. Yeah rock on Eddie.
    We even have Stormontgate getting a mention. Although after all the lies and half truths Stormontgate didn’t really exist did it?

    Now here’s one for the conspiracy therorists to try and work out,’Stormontgate’ was only three years ago, what would an 11 year old document be doing lying around the place facilitating it’s photcopying.

  • Davros

    Pat – how do you know that the photocopiers only copied files that were lying around the place ? 😉
    Is this some sort of admission ?

  • rust

    Davros

    Speaking of photocopiers

    The police should be experienced in using photocopiers

    They used them very often as a means of passing on information to loyalist death squads

  • Davros

    Whataboutery doesn’t save pat rust 🙂

  • kitty

    “On another threat an SDLP councillor is even attacking people from a rural community who has the temerity to live in a city. “

    Would you leave the SDLP councillor alone- I and many others love to see those types of comments- they really reveal the real party don’t they?
    So let him have his say that’s democracy isn’t it, and let the people he insults REPLY- that too is democracy, isn’t it?
    I would that at this stage of their downfall, the SDLP would employ better mouthpieces.

  • rust

    Is using the term ‘whataboutery’not an easy way of ignoring the specific point mentioned in my post

  • aquifer

    McGrady is Safe on Sinn Fein.
    Probably he’ll be in again, with a lesson for the rest of the SDLP.

  • Chris Gaskin

    He will only be safe with the help of Unionist votes the same way Mallon was a couple of years ago.

    Next election South Down will not be an sdlp seat

  • Davros

    Is using the term ‘whataboutery’not an easy way of ignoring the specific point mentioned in my post

    it’s a polite way of pointing out that your comment was an attempt to disrupt the thread 🙂 E mail Mick and ask him to start a thread.

  • rust

    Sorry Davros

    I didn’t realise there was a hierarchy of commentators within the site.

    A wee bit of a dictatorial side to you,
    me thinks..

  • Davros

    Ah rust, if only I had dictatorial powers! 😉

  • Jimmy Sands

    McGrady is alleged to have said that the provos were the sum of the earth, that they would string people along and that the SDLP would suffer as a result. Ruane claims that he has been proved wrong although as far as I am aware has not elaborated on what seems to me a questionable assertion at best. Her argument, to the extent that she may be said to have one, as that McGrady is wrong because if he had had his way, her colleagues would still be putting explosive devices in shopping centres. This, apparently, is an argument in favour of voting for these people. The woman clearly inhabits a moral vacuum.

  • will

    John Hume clearly took risks during the Hume/Adams dialogue and thereafter in trying to persuade the Republican movement to move away from the path of violence

    He did state at the time that he felt that the goal of a peaceful future was more important than any personal political gain.
    He was genuinely trying to make a difference for everyone.

    Did he succeed?

    Well people can argue about that later

    But the fact is,if the document released to the press today is true,Eddie Mc Grady was more concerned about his own personal political future than he was in backing his party leader.

    I think he may be what is called a career politician

  • Chris Gaskin

    “I think he may be what is called a career politician”

    Of course he is, he’s in the sdlp

  • Jimmy Sands

    Presumably as opposed to the statesmen and women to whom NI is otherwise accustomed?

  • GavBelfast

    Sinn Fein, of course, have no career politicians.

    Not one. Zilch. Zero. Nul.

  • Chris Gaskin

    “Sinn Fein, of course, have no career politicians.

    Not one. Zilch. Zero. Nul.”

    That’s correct

  • Jimmy Sands

    That’s right, Ruane , McDonald. Provos since they were knee high.

    Seriously, why on earth would a careerist join the SDLP?

  • will

    My last post was not a pro Sinn Fein comment.

    I believe there are plenty of genuine people in all sections of our political community who are commited to improving the lives of ordinary people.

    I would however still stand over my previous comment,it stinks of self preservation

  • Davros

    “Sinn Fein, of course, have no career politicians.

    Not one. Zilch. Zero. Nul.”

    That’s correct

    so SF are philanthropists and Saints ?

    Which one are you Chris ? 😉

  • Chris Gaskin

    Some regard me as a saint others a philanthropist

    and the DUA regard me as the living satan 😉

  • Davros

    I’ll look forward to paddy’s verdict 😉

  • PS

    Why would somebody join Sinn Féin for their career advancement?

    Sinn Féin representatives receive no more than an average industrial wage leaving it a fairly meagre living for anybody only in politics for what they can get out of it.

  • mucher returns

    People join S.F. for the power. Most Sinn Fein politicians come from deprived areas and were unemployed before being elected so the money is unimportant to them. Its the power they have in particular areas that appeal. I live in Larry O’Toole’s “little kingdom”. He swans arounds this area with a crombie coat slung over his shoulder, like some Don in Godfather 2, surrounded by heavies. Even to mention his name in public is to risk being regarded as suspect.
    Thats why people join Sinn Fein.

  • carlosblancos

    Mucher returns your comment is one of the most astute I’ve read on this site for a long time.

    I am really confused as why anyone thinks people go into politics for the money. The money is CRAP! compared to most decent jobs, and as I said before, most people with even a drop of earning power stay away from it

  • GavBelfast

    That’s why the term “career politician” is about more than making a lot of money.

    Besides, you don’t have to earn it all from the official day job.