The Belfast Telegraph has a transcript of what happened when BBC NI’s Martina Purdy asked Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly about his party’s recent “mixed messages”. [Another ‘stupid’ question? – Ed] Indeed. From the Belfast Telegraph report
Ms Purdy ‘tweeted’ after the interview that Mr Kelly had been “exceptionally annoyed” with her, but did not want to comment further yesterday.
A Sinn Fein spokesperson said: “Martina Purdy chose to take this opportunity to insult Ireland’s patriot dead as republicans across the island were commemorating the sacrifice that these men and women have made. Sinn Fein will always, strongly and robustly, defend this sacrifice against those who attempt to demean their memories, or the families and friends of Ireland’s patriot dead.”
A BBC statement hit back: “Our BBC Northern Ireland correspondent was asking a legitimate question about the impact of commemorations of this nature on young people in the context of current events.”
[Pat Sheehan] said that Sinn Féin is trying to send a positive message by building organisational and political strength in Ireland.
“We see no partition on this island, we see it as one country and that’s the way this project will continue,” he said.
[“I can’t see anything”? – Ed] Indeed. Again.