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Sinn Fein must condemn the killings of past

As someone who has never had a problem with condemning all politically-motivated murders, I find the current charge by Sinn Fein ministers and others to condemn the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr welcome, but, at the same time, somewhat disconcerting.

I appreciate that we are now in a different place, but the death of a PSNI constable is no more tragic, no more pointless and no more worthy of condemnation than the death of an RUC man 15 years ago.

Both tragic events left wives, children, parents and siblings bereft of loved-ones and, while it is welcome to see sense prevailing among our politicians, maybe now is the time to right the wrongs of the past.

If the British Government can apologise for the likes of Bloody Sunday, is it too much to ask for Sinn Fein, on behalf of the IRA, to apologise for the pointless murders carried out in the name of 'Ireland' during the Troubles?

Ironically, Constable Kerr is not the first Catholic policeman with an attachment to the GAA to have been murdered by republicans.

There were others and their deaths were no less regrettable, no less wrong and no less tragic.

The current wave of condemnation is to be fully welcomed. But if Northern Ireland is really to move on, then making fish of one and flesh of another will not cement the peace.


Millisle, Co Down


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