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Alban Maginness

Face it, Mary Lou McDonald, the IRA's pointless campaign of terror actually set back cause of Irish unity by two generations

Alban Maginness


People like John Hume showed just how much could be achieved through non-violent means, says Alban Maginness

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Mary Lou McDonald need only look to John Hume for how best to chase political aspirations

Mary Lou McDonald need only look to John Hume for how best to chase political aspirations

John Hume

John Hume

Mary Lou McDonald need only look to John Hume for how best to chase political aspirations

In a major interview in the Sunday Independent, Mary Lou McDonald, the president of Sinn Fein, made clear her fundamental belief that the use of violence by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles was a legitimate political strategy.

Without any qualification, she candidly justified the IRA’s armed campaign from 1970 to 1994, which claimed 1,781 lives and many thousands of others injured, or lives broken, never mind the massive destruction of property, businesses and jobs lost.

She audaciously said: “I wish it hadn’t happened, but it was a justified campaign.”