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Shinners a party of contradictions and falsehoods

"The truth is" and "We must deal with the past" are phrases frequently used by Sinn Fein. However, its leaders continue to deny that the IRA ever targeted innocent civilians, or engaged in sectarian murders.

In August 1969, the IRA planted a bomb at the Four Step Inn on the Shankill Road in Belfast, killing two and injuring 27 Linfield supporters; in November, at the Red Lion Pub on the Ormeau Road, an IRA bomb killed three Protestants and injured 30 others; in December, two men and two children were killed in a no-warning bomb at a furniture showroom on the Shankill Road.

Such sectarian attacks continued for 24 years, culminating in the 1993 Shankill Road fish shop bomb.

Presently denying its elected representative the right to an individual conscience 'No' vote against abortion, Sinn Fein curiously maintains it is an anti-abortion party. Surprisingly, the SDLP seems to be going in a similar direction.

That party - "following generational trends" - now denies its elected representative the right to an individual conscience vote in support of the true definition of marriage.

BRIAN ROONEY

Downpatrick

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