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Saying you’re sorry horrible things happened while insisting there was no alternative is just crass, Michelle

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Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O’Neill presents herself as a symbol of a changing, more tolerant and empathetic society. The 16-year-old who sat her GCSEs days after giving birth and now wants to be “first minister for everyone” in Northern Ireland. It’s a personal story of triumph over adversity perfect for 2022.

What a pity this same woman’s views on terrorism seem hopelessly locked in the brutal sectarianism of the 1970s. How depressing that despite years at the heart of power-sharing and peace processing and political spin-doctoring, she cannot even attempt a more nuanced take than “at the time there was no alternative” to IRA violence.


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