Gerry Kelly: “and I don’t like being critical of the media…”

In the face of continued criticism of their decision to appoint Mary McArdle as a special advisor to Northern Ireland Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, Sinn Féin have informed the media of ‘loyalist threats’ against Mary McCardle, Carál Ní Chuilín and Gerry Kelly, MLA.  The PSNI, as usual, have neither confirmed nor denied threats against named individuals.

But Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly has taken the opportunity to point a finger of blame at the media.  From the BBC report

Mr Kelly said his party would be willing to meet the Travers family – but attacked sections of the media for their focus on the story.

He said thousands of republicans had gone through jail.

“Are you going to say that none of them deserve a job?” he said.

“Let me be critical of the media – and I don’t like being critical of the media – as far as I heard from Ms Travers she didn’t even know about this until it was raised with her by the media.”

Tell that to Martina Purdy, Gerry.  Or anyone else asking “stupid” questions.

The NI Culture Minister, Sinn Fein’s Carál Ní Chuilín, has gone further

Carál Ní Chuilín has blamed those highlighting the appointment of convicted killer Mary McArdle to a top Stormont post for creating the right circumstances for such threats to be made.

“I have every confidence in Mary McArdle and Sinn Féin will not allow ourselves to be intimidated either by direct threats or by people creating conditions in which these types of threats are made,” the Culture Minister said.

Not that such alleged threats haven’t been reported before.  But since those loyalist paramilitary groups are, apparently, controlled by agents of the British government these latest particularly convenient reported ‘threats’ are…?

ANYhoo…

Ann Travers has responded to Gerry Kelly’s offer

On Thursday, Ms Travers said: “I would happily meet Gerry Kelly, but I’ll happily meet him after Mary McArdle stands down.

“I know what would happen if I went in to meet Gerry Kelly, he would start to bully me and he would be telling me all about the Good Friday Agreement.”

She added: “I am happy for Mary McArdle to have any other job within Sinn Fein, one that’s not paid for by the taxpayer.

“She is an unelected convicted murderer going into a highly paid job up at Stormont and I think that is just morally wrong.”