Lord Kilclooney: “I am impressed by the way Martin McGuinness has developed in recent years”

Interesting interview from Liam Clarke with former UUP Deputy Leader, Lord Kilclooney about his relationships with former UUP leaders, his views on Same Sex Marriage and how he views the current Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.

Speaking about him he said;

 The people who tried to kill me were the Official IRA, not the Provos, but they are all IRA to me. However, I am impressed by the way Martin McGuinness has developed in recent years. His support for the police, his stated intention to make Northern Ireland work and his attendance at Royal events has impressed me. I joked about Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, when he seemed to have some difficulty in meeting the Queen. I said some Republicans in Northern Ireland, one man called Martin McGuinness in particular, had set an example in going to Windsor and dining with the Queen.

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  • chrisjones2

    I agree. McGuinness is a man whom Unionists can do business with and is straighter than other members of what passes for the ‘official’ SF leadership – as opposed to those we do not see

  • Robin Keogh

    He has shown the kind of leadership required to try bridge the difficulties between the two traditions. He has no problems with Muslims, Gays or immigrants and he sets a good example of tolerance and open-mindedness in an increasingly secular society.

  • chrisjones2

    We agree on that …and he comes across as non sectarian if perhaps too cold

  • Robin Keogh

    The overwhelming majority of Shinners are non sectarian

  • the keep

    Really would you include Conor Murphy in that statement?

  • Robin Keogh

    I dont know to be honest. Tell me about Conor Murphy’s sectarian behaviour?

  • Dan

    republicans can’t be criminals or sectarian now….
    Any other ones to give us a Christmas laugh?

  • barnshee
  • Nevin

    “He has shown the kind of leadership ..”

    In the case of Thomas Murphy, Martin finally put his head above the parapet after Gerry dithered and then flip-flopped.

  • Jollyraj

    Or Phil Flanagan?

  • Robin Keogh

    Is it possible that he is guilty of nepotism; jobs for the boys rather than sectarianism? Either way it was wrong. However can i suggest that to use the term sectarian and plant it on someone, should there not be a pattern of sorts rather than an isolated case. Also Barn, within the last ten years SF has trebled in size, where are the bigots and sectarian scoundrels en masse? Of course there are some, but they will be weeded out, slowly but surely.

  • Robin Keogh

    What did he do?

  • Croiteir

    He is well used to the cutlery now

  • Zig70

    Really? Nepotism rather than sectarianism? That’s poor. Unionists can say the same thing pre fair employment legislation.

  • Zig70

    If Taylor said anything nice about me I’d take it as a sly insult. I’m with Corbyn, tell the Queen the fun ride on the prols backs is over.

  • Robin Keogh

    Either you are dense or u didnt see the part where i referred to a pattern

  • Zig70

    I must be dense. You used it to explain away his actions, which lost him a discrimination case fairly shamefully. It’s that same reasoning we got from unionists. But as you said, I’m dense, explain away, keep digging.

  • Robin Keogh

    I made a point that a pattern of behaviour is a more reliable gauge when deciding on a persons character or motives. Thats all. U ignored it. Simple.

  • Zig70

    Suggesting a coalition with the sdlp in opposition shows how out of touch he is. The uup are toxic following the flegs and with folk like Elliott in the party.

  • Thomas Barber
  • Zig70

    That piece on uda voting sdlp to block sf is just nuts. I don’t see your prediction coming true this time out.

  • Jollyraj

    One can’t help the sneaking suspicion that the only thing Martin has developed over the years is his bank balance.

  • ted hagan

    Poor Martin. Damned with faint praise by the patronising and ever smug Kilclooney

  • Glenn

    Maybe John Tailor might reflect on this as he does business with that other good republican Martin McGuinness. As McGuinness and the rest of the cast are all much the same as each other it seems.
    http://thebrokenelbow.com/2015/12/22/so-who-were-the-architects-of-the-peace-process-who-gave-slab-a-bum-steer/

  • Thomas Barber

    Its not the first time loyalists parties have urged their members to vote the SDLP to keep out Sinn Fein, Dr Joe Hendron was elected to West Belfast using loyalist votes. The SDLP haven’t had a look in since.

  • John

    You wouldn’t believe what he and his brothers got up to during the troubles. The worst of the worst. Evil evil man.

  • Robin Keogh

    As bad as the shankhill butchers even?

  • Nevin

    and Mary Lou stands by ‘a very nice man’.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Well they always have Danny Kinnehan and Jo Anne Dobson I guess.

  • Kevin Breslin

    When loyalists voted for Naomi Long to keep Peter Robinson out… no one complained!

  • Thomas Barber

    Who’s complaining ? The SDLP like Sinn Fein and those Irish citizens who partake in British politics endorse and impose British rule in Ireland, it matters little to me who votes for them.

  • Skibo

    Well perhaps if you and those like you would lend your vote to the nationalist cause your hope of breaking the British bond would come closer.

  • Thomas Barber

    When during the last almost thousand years of engaging in British politics has the British ever acted in the best interests of Ireland or its people. When have they ever listened to the political demands of the Irish people. Why should Irish citizens give any legitimacy to Britain’s perceived right to even have a say in Irish politics.

  • Skibo

    so what do we do Thomas, just ignore them completely or accept that although our country has been undemocratically divided, we can reverse that decision by voting for Nationalist parties and demand a vote on reunification?

  • Thomas Barber

    Thats the problem, its not when the Irish people demand, its whenever the British SOS believes there is a realistic chance that the majority of people will support one only then she will put into motion that demand. I believe the British government granting that wish will be a long long long time coming if ever.

  • Skibo

    Then it is up to the Nationalist community to raise their profile come election time. The closer we come to 50%, the closer we come to a possible referendum.