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I was surprised to see that Fianna Fáil director Micheál Martin has re-entered the entertainment business.
I suppose it could be said that he never left it in the first place, having picked it up from his fellow party comedians working the circuit at golfing, racing venues while burning the State credit cards to the last.
His stand-up appearance at the Arbour Hill commemoration did an injustice to those 1916 heroes he was purporting to commemorate.
Micheal Martin’s venomous attack on Sinn Féin exposes the fragility of his immature stance.
He said emphatically, as if he would know, that there was no connection between the old IRA and those who put their lives on the line (and died on hunger strike) in the not too distant past.
How he comes to this illogical conclusion shows his naivety or blatant disregard for Irish history.
The short reply to Martin’s assumption is that they hadn’t gone away, you know.
He was right when he said it was dirty, nasty and not a clean fight, as all wars are. I don’t think Martin meant it quite like that, or did he, being a comedian?
He then had the audacity to suggest that Fianna Fáil were the true republicans?
Has Martin forgotten about the conclusions to the Mahon tribunal, not forgetting the tribunals leading up to that?
Leave the serious issue of commemorations to those who value and understand what’s involved. Meanwhile, Martin you go and place a booking in the Gaiety Theatre.
You’ll feel more at home there, even if it is empty.
Gort an Choirce
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