Martin McGuinness’s past offered SF opportunity for renewal

Martin McGuinness’s past offered SF opportunity for renewal
Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in1985 Picture: Getty

McGuinness’s presidential bid helped to purge the poison of its history from the Sinn Féin of today

‘No terrorist in the Aras” was the caution from Phil Hogan, then a Fine Gael minister, when Martin McGuinness announced his controversial presidential bid in 2011. “Putting Mr McGuinness in charge of the state would make us look like a banana republic,” he said, adding that a Sinn Féin presidency would lead to a huge withdrawal of foreign direct investment within 24 months.

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