McGuinness: ‘we will not be deflected’

There are intimations that any transition from anti state to pro state politics is not going to be smooth. And it sounds as if Martin McGuinness has some individuals in mind, not least the INLA. He has stated to the Derry Journal:

“It is important that, whatever concerns republicans might have about current political developments, they should not allow themselves to be exploited or manipulated by individuals who are now operating to their own malign agenda and who should know better. We will not be deflected from what we think is the right thing to do.”

“It is important that, whatever concerns republicans might have about current political developments, they should not allow themselves to be exploited or manipulated by individuals who are now operating to their own malign agenda and who should know better. We will not be deflected from what we think is the right thing to do.”

Hat tip to reader Martin.

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  • deadmanonleave

    It’s interesting that McGuinness names the INLA as there has, to my knowledge, been no threat to the Republican Movement leadership from that direction since the days of Jimmy Brown post hunger-strike. What seems more likely to me is that there’s an attempt by the mainstream Republican movement to scare their own supporters, unsure at the direction the Movement is taking into closing ranks. The presence of IRSP people at political meetings with those who have left PSF over the last few years’ compromises is hardly a shock.

    I think that Mcguinness’s historic antipathy toward the Republican Socialist Movement is to the fore currently. It’s easy to attack those such as the CIRA and RIRA that can see nothing beyond the armed struggle, but I think that theirs and the Shinners’ politics are a million miles from those of the Republican Socialist Movement, who, whatever the faults through their history, are trying to forge a path toward a non-sectarian socialist Ireland. The fact that McGuinness, Adams and others once claimed that this is what they fought for is probably why they feel the need to give the RSM a slap. After all, who wants socialists carping at you when you sign up to a coalition with FF!

  • Plum Duff

    ‘…the Republican Socialist Movement, who, whatever the faults through their history, are trying to forge a path toward a non-sectarian socialist Ireland’

    Would this be the same IRSP whose military movement split into several nasty little killing groups when they weren’t satisfied with the way the drug money was being divvied up and went on to commit some of the most heinous sectarian crimes in our sorry catalogue of atrocities? Some path, some forging…

  • Anti-corruption

    ’…the Republican Socialist Movement, who, whatever the faults through their history, are trying to forge a path toward a non-sectarian socialist Ireland’

    I think Sinn Féin realise that they have a great chance of progressing a socialist agenda in Northern Ireland more so than in the Republic.

    It would seem that, especially, ever since the Republic has joined the EU and committed itself to free market capitalism, socialism has been booted out of the minds of Irish policy makers.

    Whereas, Northern Ireland is a Stalinist state with social money ploughed in everywhere, therefore, the opportunity to manage, control and manipulate public enterprises is clearly achievable.

    All this talk of subvention over the years has often bored me, as now Northern Ireland’s funds are being cut back and it would appear that schools are being hit. The Government doesn’t see fit to teach small classrooms, which would benefit the kids more so than being taught in large super schools with super size classrooms, you would think.

    Surely, socialists would like public money to remain plentiful not be withdrawn through ridicule?

    Anyway, long live socialism in Ireland and, indeed, long live socialist subvention in Northern Ireland!! Public money managed by public representatives.

  • deadmanonleave

    Without rehearsing the same to-ing and fro-ing of arguements about the IRSM and drugs (no convictions of ANY member of the movement for dealing ever), or Darkley (McGlinchey came out of hiding to condemn it, the person involved was disciplined by the movement) on which many of you will never be convinced, the main jist of the story is that McGuinness and other members of the Republican movement say they feel under threat from the INLA and other groups.

    Is this (i) a genuine threat to the leadership, (ii) an attempt to keep an uncomfortable membership in line and discredit any opposition to their current path or (iii) an attempt at demonisation in order to prepare the ground for some bloodletting (Joseph O’Connor or IPLO style)?