That speech of Michelle O’Neill: Ian and Jeffrey grab a bit

I had a choice. The car radio was set to Raidio Uladh when I started the engine and I could have switched it off. I made the decision not to.

Nolan was waxing indignant, echoing Ian Paisley Og who I gathered had been outraged ( what else?) that Michelle O’Neill, in the course of an interview with Mark Carruthers, had said that there was no alternative to the political violence of the IRA. Ian and his leader Sir Jeffrey were very critical of this – wasn’t she claiming to be First Minister for all the people of NEI?

Nolan then spoke to a phoner-in and described the horror of Kingsmill, and asked if there was no alternative to that violence. The caller noted something I thought I’d never hear on Raidio Uladh: that Kingsmill happened the day after six Catholics were killed in their homes. Nolan went on describing the slaughter of Kingsmill and added detail of the La Mon restaurant firebombing.

Nolan asked another caller-in what kind of soldier would shoot defenceless people dead. “A paratrooper”, the man replied.

Then Kevin Meagher came on and with two clear points showed what was happening.  The DUP had plucked from the Michelle O’Neill interview one sentence, and was using that as a political weapon against Sinn Féin. It was doing so in the hope that people wouldn’t notice that the DUP were blocking all sorts of vital services in NEI by refusing to do the job they were elected to do.


On one point I’d half-disagree with Kevin Meagher. He said that all political violence is wrong, and there I’d agree with him. But practically every state in the world has an army of some kind, and in having it they are clearly lining up with poilitical violence.

That said, Kevin Meagher’s contribution  to Nolan this morning was key. Again and again, unionist politicians will re-run terrible events from the Troubles, pointing out the sins of the IRA. This allows them to keep people indignant and distracts them so that they’re not indignant about the present – and the future. In the present, the DUP are  flouting the will of the people of NEI as expressed in the ballot box; for the future, they’re building their own political gallows.


4 Responses to That speech of Michelle O’Neill: Ian and Jeffrey grab a bit

  1. Brendan Morgan August 4, 2022 at 10:29 am #

    A good article. We need a truth and reconciliation commission as soon as possible to provide some answers and possible closure for all victims in the North.

  2. Don Saunders August 4, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

    How true these comments are, and we’re stuck in the middle as usual.

  3. Kieran McCarthy August 4, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

    Its time for all open-minded people from the unionist tradition in the North, and closed minded politicians in the south with a Free State outlook, to read Frank Connolly’s new book ‘United Nation’.

    The future is all of ours to make!

  4. Jim Conway August 4, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

    The ironic faux outrage of Ian Og who conviently forgot about his father’s connections to Loyalists bombing reservoir and power station and blaming on the(at that time) Non existing IRA to prime the explosion of the conflict.

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