“Sinn Féin controls our area…”

Here’s an interesting report from the Sunday World, transcribed on Newshound.  It starts by noting complaints from some parents in the Derrybeg Estate, Newry, that they were misled by Sinn Féin into sending their children on a PSNI sponsored trip. 

A mother-of-two told Sunday World: “Sinn Féin members knocked doors asking if we wanted to send our kids on a two-day trip to Co Tyrone. They didn’t tell us the PSNI was helping fund it.

“I was suspicious and refused but other parents who didn’t know the cops were among the sponsors agreed. Some are now furious. We don’t want our kids connected to a police force which is still raiding homes and harassing people.”

Former Sinn Féin MLA, now independent republican councillor, Davy Hyland makes an appearance.  From the transcribed report

Parents in the republican Carnagat and Mourneview Park areas also complained to Sunday World. Independent republican councillor Davy Hyland said: “Parents were misled into letting their children attend a PSNI-sponsored event. Many wouldn’t have allowed it had they been aware who was behind it.”

Meanwhile, as the report goes on to note, in the Independent Republic of west Belfast they’re not complaining about the recent developments

West Belfast mother-of -three, Mairead Maguire, said: “The police came to the Teddy Bears’ picnic [at the West Belfast festival]. Of every group there, they were the most popular.

“All the kids wanted to sit in the police cars, Landrovers and motorbikes. They were tooting horns and flashing sirens and blue lights. The PSNI couldn’t have been nicer. Neither parents nor children showed them any hostility.”

Maguire said it was a welcome break from the past: “Sinn Féin controls our area and this event couldn’t have happened without their support. For years, they wouldn’t let us talk or deal with police.

“That’s completely changed and it’s better late than never. We’re becoming a normal society like any other part of the UK.”  [added emphasis]

Well, perhaps…

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  • stewart1

    ‘report from the Sunday World’…… Enough said!

  • Rory Carr

    You must be delighted, Pete – with Ms Maguire’s staement that is, I am sure you take a very dim view of what Mother-of-two from the Derrybeg Estate had to say, not to mention Mr Hyland.

    (All right, we won’t mention Mr Hyland).

  • Reader

    Rory Carr: You must be delighted, Pete
    Aren’t you pleased and relieved that Pete seems to be favouring the Shinners in an argument – for a change?
    Though, to be fair, Pete seems to be just reporting, not taking an editorial position – as usual.

  • Limerick

    “Sinn Féin controls our area”

    But of course it is just a normal, democratic political party, so how can this be?

  • Cynic2

    “like any other part of the UK”

    ….a Nation once again!

  • carl marks

    wow times change SF supporting the feds, limerick backing up the dissidents. what next flying pigs.
    I was at the teddy bear picnic and was pissed off with the cops, we were doing a demo and they were getting all the attention, so i decided to show my fury and went over and asked could i have a go on the bike.

  • carl marks

    by the way i was told very nicely to go away and let the kids have some fun, police brutallity, i want to complain who do i talk to.

  • 241934 john brennan

    Goody, goody: Perhaps now the locals will feel able to help PSNI enquiries into the murder of Paul Quinn?