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Readers Blog: Sinn Féin add insult to the injuries of the Troubles

McElduff balanced a loaf of Kingmsill bread on his head in a shop and posted the image online.

Sinn Féin have done it again, in adding insult to injury. They are always embroiled in controversy and scandal.

The latest stunt, involving West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff, is a step too far for a party that brought down the Executive and which now seem to be mocking the dead.

McElduff balanced a loaf of Kingmsill bread on his head in a shop and posted the image online.

He did so on the 42nd anniversary of the January 5, 1976, massacre of 11 Protestant workmen in the village of Kingsmill in south Co Armagh.

The only Catholic workman in the van was allowed to go free. The attack was in retaliation for the killing of six Catholics the night before.

The Sinn Féin top brass have been called in to review McElduff’s conduct, because it was such a public relations disaster. That’s the seriousness of the situation.

The opening up of old wounds in Northern Ireland is in very bad taste, as the families of victims continue to suffer.

The dead should not be used to make a political point, neither by innuendo nor design. The Sinn Féin Northern Ireland leader, Michelle O’Neill, has also been rightfully criticised for not sacking McElduff.

O’Neill said his actions were “inexcusable and indefensible” — so the question remains: why did he do it?

Sinn Féin claim they are in the business of promoting peace and reconciliation, but if this event is anything to go by, the opposite is the case. McElduff’s actions could not have come at a worse moment.

There is no sign of hope coming from Northern Ireland, with numerous reports of deadlock and a multitude of failed negotiations.

The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, and all the work that went into it, has gone to waste, with Sinn Féin disembarking from the Agreement in protest against Brexit and other matters that have not gone their way.

TDs in Dáil Éireann are now effectively representing the nationalist community in Northern Ireland.

They are repeatedly critical of Sinn Féin’s stance on many matters, giving the TDs no option but say a few words for nationalists in Northern Ireland — because Sinn Féin have opted out of power-sharing.

No-one should capitalise on the dead of the Troubles. It was a wicked and ruthless era in Northern Ireland and in the Republic’s history. Sinn Féin have proven, once again, how unfit they are for government.

They are a screw-up party full of contradictions. They are going nowhere; just a truck load of trouble and strife.

Even when they are out of power-sharing, they are still causing trouble and offence.

There is never a dull moment with Sinn Féin, while they tear apart any possibility of fulfilling the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement. Dáil representatives also seem to be concerned about the possible negative impact Sinn Féin might have on Brexit talks, if their demands are not met.

They are immature and infantile, if McElduff’s display is anything to go by.

They represent no-one but themselves, with their hallmark brand of insensitivity and indifference. A loaf of bread on a Sinn Féin party member’s head with overtones posted on worldwide media — where does the hope of progress lie there?

Maurice Fitzgerald


Co Cork


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