What’s that all about then…

Sometimes there are things that go on in Stormont that surpass all rational understanding. Slugger hears that the leader of the Sinn Fein party in the Assembly, John O’Dowd, heavily petitioned the Speaker against an SDLP motion on the murder of Paul Quinn because it was not ‘factually based’. Understandable perhaps. But the resulting statement seems less to have addressed that matter, and simply have spun the statement into pettyfogging mush… You can see both below the fold:The original…

“That this Assembly condemns the brutal murder of Paul Quinn; notes the clarification by the two governments that they do not hold the view that the victim was involved in criminality of any kind; further notes the assessments of Sir Hugh Orde and the International Monitoring Commission that current and former members of the Provisional IRA were involved in this crime; and calls upon everyone to encourage people to come forward and assist the police investigations north and south.”

…and the amended version:

“That this Assembly condemns the murder of Mr Paul Quinn; notes the clarification by the British and Irish Governments that they do not hold the view that the victim was involved in criminality of any kind; further notes the assessments of Sir Hugh Orde and the International Monitoring Commission regarding the involvement in this crime of persons who are current or former members of the Provisional IRA, or who have associations with members or former members of the Provisional IRA; and calls upon everyone to encourage people to come forward and assist the police investigations being carried out by the PSNI and an Garda Síochána.”

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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