The year the shinners died

I had been trying to work on a republican focused review of 2009, there is no point. No point looking at how the myriad of ‘dissenting’ republican groups are progressing, no point looking at how armed struggle is going, no point looking at the touts or agents, no point in examining successes or failures.

For republicanism five six words show the year that was:

“traitors to the island of Ireland” – Martin McGuinness

Thats SF judgment on republican volunteers that kill members of the British Army and police force.

With those few words SF eventually ended any connection with republicanism or revolutionary politics and finally became a full party of the British state

The only moment of the year for me.