Father Alec Reid (one of the two churchmen who oversaw the dismantling of the IRA’s armoury) has gotten himself into a spot of bother with his comparison of Unionists to Nazis remark. He has apologised for making the remarks in a heated exchange with members of an audience in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church. It’s clear Father Reid is not a politician and that he made the remarks in the heat of an argument. But someone really ought to have warned him about Godwin’s Law. It remains to be seen whether this incident will damage his repution as an honest broker.
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