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Provo crimes cannot derail precious peace process

Published 01/09/2015

I am not a political supporter of Sinn Fein, but I am a supporter of the peace process in Ireland, both north and south.

I fear that some political parties in Northern Ireland and in the Republic are trying to achieve short-term political gain, at the expense of Sinn Fein, over the possible involvement of former or existing IRA or Sinn Fein members in recent murders north of the border.

It would be irresponsible to damage the Irish peace process for such unjustified political reasons.

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael would do well to remember the crimes and human rights abuses committed by their own paramilitary predecessors during the war of independence and the civil war, which included the execution without trial of prisoners of war.

More recently some former Irish government ministers, and some opposition politicians, were convicted of various crimes, and perhaps more should have joined them.

However, this does not mean the Irish government as a whole, or any one political party, has been guilty of these crimes, or even complicit in them.

The predecessors of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael eventually gave up their violent ways and established democracy in Ireland.

I believe that Sinn Fein is now genuinely and seriously working along this path towards peace and democracy.

The crimes of a few members or ex-members of Sinn Fein or the IRA should not be misused to damage the very important Irish peace process as this will damage the future of democracy.

DR EDWARD HORGAN

Limerick

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