Sinn Fein economical with the truth?

A broadside from the McCartney family, who say that claims made by Sinn Féin that it is in ‘daily contact’ are false:

Michelle Gildernew who recently attended a women’s event told the audience that Sinn Féin are in ‘daily’ contact with the family and Deborah Devenny (East Belfast candidate) describes herself as having ‘good relations’ with the family. They (Sinn Féin) are not in daily contact with the family. We contacted them last week regarding the intimidation, but that has been it.

She concludes:

Sinn Féin insists that they are doing everything in their power to help bring Robert’s killers to justice, this is not the case, if this were the case their own party members would be cooperating with the police or the ombudsman.

Sinn Fein replied:

Alex Maskey and Gerry Kelly both attended the weekend vigil. We have been in regular contact with the McCartney family. The characterisation of that contact is a matter for the McCartneys.

  • Éamo

    Gerry Adams last night summed it up very well when he said he has done everything possible in his capacity as leader.
    The Mc Cartneys are too preoccupied with soundbites which bite at SF rather than putting together an effective responce to the PSNI dirty tricks and the building of a successful civil case

  • Davros

    Gerry Adams last night summed it up very well when he said he has done everything possible in his capacity as leader.

    Leader of ?

  • El Matador

    If the provos would do the decent thing and tell the truth, they wouldn’t have to worry about building a civil case because the perpetrators would be sent down, instead of walking the streets.

    The McCartneys aren’t ‘biting’ SF for a laugh- their brother was butchered like a piece of meat, and they want answers. They’re not getting answers.

    To be honest, I admire their perseverence. Many people in a similar situation would take the law into their own hands (IRA style?)

  • Jim Bob

    “Michelle Gildernew who recently attended a women’s even, told the audience that Sinn Féin are in ‘daily’ contact with the family”

    When was this women’s event?

    Was it the one on International Women’s Day in early March?

    There was a lot of contact round that period as everyone knows, not least from the local SF representative.

    Yet the Irish News are offering as evidence of this “untruth” from March 7th, what’s happening nearly one month and a half later in the middle of April.

    At the moment it just looks like another piece of poorly researched garbage masquerading as journalism.

    ” and Deborah Devenny (East Belfast candidate) describes herself as having ‘good relations’ with the family.”

    So that’s not being denied then?

    It’s just placed in a context in which it looks like it’s being denied?

    The McCartney family, however ill-served they feel they are by SF, are certainly being woefully served by those who only want to use them for propaganda purposes.

  • baslamak

    I feel the mistake some critics of the McCartneys are making, is they are seeing them as if they were a highly professional outfit on a par with say SF or some of those who are undoubtedly trying to manipulate the women. They are not, they are a family who have been cast into a very difficult situation, that they are coping at all is remarkable, sure they have and will make mistakes, in there situation who would not? But instead of branding and condemning them for this, we should catch ourselves and remember they and their brother are the victims here. The reason they keep going at SF is they clearly believe it is the only organisation that can, at this stage help them. They are surly not wrong about this, as the people of this area do support SF, they do look to this Party for leadership. So naturally the women are trying to keep the pressure on the SF leadership. IM not saying SF have not done what they can, but the Women are trying to get SF to keep the pressure on those responsible for Robert McCartneys death, in the hope it might pay dividends.

  • Peter

    Trying to keep public interest in their case should be their goal. Sadly interest in one more death has waned. Yes it was sad but the time has come for the McCartneys to mourn and stop being used by people for their own political ends.

    McCartney was drinking with a friend that day in the pub. Has he come forward and given names to the PSNI?. Surely he can identify those that killed his friend and beat him up.

  • NewYorker

    Isn’t it obvious that SF/IRA must maintain the cover-up because an open investigation would focus on those who ordered the clean-up and cover-up? Asking for justice for the murder of McCartney involves much more than the murder itself: It also involves those who ordered a thus far successful clean-up and cover-up.

  • Jimmy_Sands

    NY, to be fair, in most organisations there is a reluctance to upset those who, as it were, know where the bodies are buried. Of course in most organisations that’s just a figure of speech.

  • jim

    If it is true that Brendan Devine has given a full statement

    in which names those involved in attacking both himself and Robert McCartney

    Why would the police not arrest those named in the statement by Devine

    Yes,the suspect has the right to remain silent
    but an eyewitness account is surely enough to gain a conviction

    Police line ups have been used to convict in the past

  • NewYorker

    Dear Jimmy Sands,

    I agree that in most organizations there is a reluctance to upset those who know where the bodies are buried. And, in this case upsetting those people means they will do a McCartney on you. That’s why the the McCartney sisters campaign for justice is such a perceived threat to SF/IRA. That the McCartney sisters will not be intimidated frustrates SF/IRA but appeals to all who support justice around the world and makes the McCartney sisters and his fiancee heroic. I heard that someone on Hearts & Minds got quite testy on this issue last night; I’m not surprised.

  • Mick

    Has he Jim? I’ve not seen that in the public domain anywhere.

  • Jim Bob

    One of the difficult aspects of this case is that there is no way of compelling someone to incriminate themselves. It looks like that’s what’s being demanded though.

    Media coverage of this case has done the case itself no favours. Of course media had their own anti-SF agenda and couldn’t care less about the outcome other than in terms of that agenda.

    I remember one of the McCartney sisters being interviewed by Noel Thompson on what would have been a networked Hard Talk. She said there that much of what the media attributed to them in terms of statements, they didn’t say. Basically it was reported speech which was misrepresented.

    It’s difficult to know how to deal with a media which is so determined to lie and misrepresent.

    But it’s important to find a way through that.

  • NewYorker

    Dear Jim Bob,

    “One of the difficult aspects of this case is that there is no way of compelling someone to incriminate themselves. It looks like that’s what’s being demanded though.” – Don’t you have a way for criminals to plead a lesser charge, give evidence against others and protect them by relocation or other means in your law? If not, you should think about changing the law. In the US that is an effective tool of law enforcement and prosecution.

  • Brian

    Personally, I am sick to the teeth of the Mccartney sisters. But I guess that is what they want, id est, to bother and pester people until they receive justice for their dead brother. But in my opinion, they politicised the issue by accepting money from McDowell’s friend allisdair McDonnell to go to the USA. That was a fatal mistake. At this stage they seem hell bent on undermining SF’s quest to dramatically increase their political growth. This behavior is not supported by the Short strand community and all the sisters are doing is shooting themselves in the foot by making many enemies within the Republican family and constituency. Meanwhile, the leadership of Sinn Féin are constantly working on rooting out the killer(s) despite the angry sisters. At this stage, I think it’s time for SF to back off as the party has no case to answer. The whole situation is analogous to a scenario where a British soldier commits murder in a drunken brawl and subsequently both the British government and the Brit army are deemed guilty because it was a member of their army who committed the crime. Honestly, gimme a break.

  • Davros

    But in my opinion, they politicised the issue by accepting money from McDowell’s friend allisdair McDonnell to go to the USA.

    Can you substantiate this claim Brian ?