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Malachi O'Doherty

Why Sinn Fein can never concede that things have changed

Malachi O'Doherty


Republicans prefer reviving old grievances to progress

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'There is a simple way of assessing how bad the modern Sinn Feiner has to believe things were here during unionist rule.'

'There is a simple way of assessing how bad the modern Sinn Feiner has to believe things were here during unionist rule.'

'There is a simple way of assessing how bad the modern Sinn Feiner has to believe things were here during unionist rule.'

I don't suppose Twitter is a good indicator of the thinking of a cross-section of Sinn Fein voters - and I hope it isn't. First, you have to discount the trolls who can't be assumed to actually believe what they say. There may be many different reasons for anonymity on social media, but cowardice and hypocrisy have to be counted among them.

Still, one strong impression from a recent debate is that many republicans are incapable of conceding any argument to unionism. The Irish Times had published an article by Paddy Roche and Brian Barton, setting out a case for the unionist perspective, citing their conviction that their British identity is authentic and arguing that the discrimination against Catholics in the old Stormont regime wasn't as bad as made out.

There is a simple way of assessing how bad the modern Sinn Feiner has to believe things were here during unionist rule. It has to have been so bad that a murderous response was warranted.


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