‘Sinn Féin and history’ by Donal Kennedy

Brian Feeney in Belfast’s IRISH NEWS  (22 Mar) says –                                                                                    ”
“Martin McGuiness was the first member of Sinn Fein in any of the party’s incarnations to lead an administration in this island.”
Between January 1919 and August 1922 three ,members of the party led all-Ireland administrations- Cathal Brugha, Eamon de Valera and Arthur Griffith”.      Mr Feeney goes on to speak of Sean Lemass, FIanna Fail Taoiseach 1959-1966———–“Lemass had been a prolific gunman in the IRA’s Dublin Brigade but like Martin Mcguinnes put aside his weapons to engage in exclusively democratic activity”.              What nonsense! The Dublin Brigade from January 1919 until early 1922 came under the control of Dáil Éireann. l
Lemass. was posted as a paid officer to Beggars Bush Baracks.,but when his pay cheque was issued, not by Dáil Éireann but by the “Provisional Government” he withdrew from Beggars Bush and rejoined the unpaid soldiers who considered themselves bound by their oath to the democratically established


Lemass had in 1920 trodden the boards with his old classmate Jimmy O’Dea in a play. By another north Dublin man, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, called THE RIVALS . His role was that of a prolific duellist – Sir Lucius O’Trigger. Perhaps this explains Feeney’s bewilderedness?


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