Eoghan Harris: Insidious Sinn Fein is only helped by Insider Ireland

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SATURDAY: BREANDAN O hEither was never a member of the Insider Ireland circle. The thought surfaces in my stream of consciousness during the funeral mass in Donnybrook church for the late reporter's daughter Mairin and son Aindriu, who tragically died of cancer within days of each other. Full Story
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#1 Jun 10, 2012
Another wanker writes an article with only one side of an argument.Although I am opposed to voilence it pisses me off when the author fails to address the fact that the voilence and predjudice plus a corrupt system provoked such a result and it was those who provoked it by creating intolerable conditions that are ultimately responsible yet here we have the lazy indifferent and aloof attitude to such facts.

Perhaps the new ownership of this paper is what is required to remove such blatant apologist snivelling worms from our media that create middle ireland "pale" propoganda forgetting that people were literally forced into a corner and out of desperation turned to such actions while they kept the "I am alright jack so to hell with my neighbour attitudes"

Since: Nov 10

Dublin

#2 Jun 10, 2012
What the writer of this article just doesn't seem to get is that people are not concerned with what happened in the past with the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein. In fact people are concerned with the issues at present, will they have a job in the morning? How will they provide for their families? What does the future hold in Ireland for their children? Will college education be affordable in a few years? And many more issues such as this.

Enda Kenny attacking Sinn Fein over an ''armed struggle'' that ended 14 years ago will go down like a lead balloon with the Irish public. Micheal Martin tried it in the general election debates and his arguments looked out of place, Gay Mitchell a candidate who could very well have been President BEFORE the debates made the very same mistake attacking Sinn Fein about the ''armed struggle'' and look what happened to him? He finished well behind Higgins, Gallagher and McGuinness.

What the writer doesn't seem to understand in my opinion is that many people today do not see the ''armed struggle'' past of Sinn Fein or Northern Ireland today in general as a big issue. The issue currently facing us with regards the bank debt and economic and social future of this country is a far BIGGER issue in the majority of people's minds.

It would be nice for some to have the luxury of being able to sit around criticising Sinn Fein for things that happened in the 1970's and 1980's but the facts are people in the Republic of Ireland today are not concerned with things that happened during a past conflict while the people of this country and the sovereignty of the very state we live in faces an uncertain future.

I do think Sinn Fein are capatalising on the fact Fine Gael and Labour have a very hard job to do but that is politics. Labour and Fine Gael played exactly the same game when Fianna Fail and the Greens were in government. That is politics. The fact Sinn Fein are now able to play that game only suggests what is already obvious, that Sinn Fein are now firmly a part of the political scene in the Republic of Ireland and their capatalising on the current crisis is sure to see them firmly establish themselves further. Could they do a better job running the country than Fine Gael, Labour or Fianna Fail? I doubt it very much. Should they be able to capatalise on public unhappiness with the government? Of course, that is the society we live in, this is democracy and that is what happens in democracy.

I am neutral and not a supporter of any party although I do vote.

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