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Doing DARVO: how Martina Anderson and Sinn Fein try to reverse victims and offenders

Fionola Meredith


Martina Anderson's tweet about Troubles' pensions is an example of psychological warfare, says Fionola Meredith

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Sinn Fein’s Martina Anderson has sparked controversy with her recent comments

Sinn Fein’s Martina Anderson has sparked controversy with her recent comments

Sinn Fein’s Martina Anderson has sparked controversy with her recent comments

Martina Anderson may not know it, but this week the Sinn Fein MLA and former IRA bomber produced a textbook example of what psychologists call DARVO.

She has since apologised for the grotesque tweet she put out on the subject of Troubles' pensions. In it, she claimed that the money would mainly go to "those who fought Britain's dirty war in Ireland", mainly to those involved in collusion, and mainly to British troops, such as the paratroopers involved in shootings in Ballymurphy in 1971 and on Bloody Sunday in 1972.

Making no mention of innocent Troubles' victims, who were emotionally and physically maimed through no fault whatsoever of their own, Ms Anderson said the money would "discriminate, criminalise and exclude".