Comment: Disagreements over Troubles change few voters’ minds

Micheál Martin’s reasonable criticism of Sinn Féin’s view of the past misses a key point: a growing number of the Republic’s voters are unconcerned by the party’s occasional outbursts glorifying the IRA

4th October, 2020
Comment: Disagreements over Troubles change few voters’ minds
Gerry Kelly, a North Belfast MLA and former IRA prisoner, tweeted to celebrate the anniversary of the escape from the Maze Prison by 38 republican prisoners

‘History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake,” Stephen Dedalus says in Joyce’s Ulysses.

The phrase still sums up much of the agony left behind by Ireland’s recent past and came to mind again last Tuesday as Micheál Martin tore into Sinn Féin TDs over their party’s continuing defence of past IRA violence.

The party’s admiration for its paramilitary associates...

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