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Ruane should condemn Mary's murder

In the Stormont chamber on Monday, Sinn Fein MLA Catriona Ruane described comments by Jim Wells as being about "anti-Catholicism, sectarianism and misogyny."

This degree of hypocrisy simply cannot go unchallenged. Ms Ruane would do well to remember just why there was such public outcry at the appointment of Mary McArdle as a special adviser to the DCAL minister.

Mary Travers was a female who was murdered by the IRA whilst leaving a Catholic church in south Belfast.

She wasn't murdered by Protestants so there was no sectarian motive in her murder. Rather she was murdered by her co-religionists. One of those convicted of her murder was a female, Mary McArdle, so we can assume the murder wasn't prompted by misogyny.

Perhaps these are the reasons why the murder of Mary Travers causes less outrage to Ms Ruane than Jim Wells wagging his finger in an "aggressive and intimidating" manner.

Northern Ireland will be a better place when Ms Ruane can bring herself to condemn the murder of an innocent woman walking home from church with her family with the same vehemence as she can condemn an individual wagging his finger and describing a murderer as a murderer.

Sandra Overend MLA

Ulster Unionist Assembly member for Mid-Ulster

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