A disgrace to politics: Sinn Fein leader celebrates murderers

Michelle O'Neill with the late IRA terrorist godfather Martin McGuinness

Michelle O’Neill with the late IRA terrorist godfather Martin McGuinness

Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill – almost certain to become Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland within weeks – has hit a new low in her party’s disgraceful and bloody history.

Ms O’Neill is to appear as guest speaker on Sunday (April 30th) at what is being advertised as the ‘Loughgall Martyrs 30th Anniversary’, leaving from Altmore Chapel in Co Tyrone.

These “martyrs” were the murder gang from the East Tyrone Brigade of the IRA, headed by Jim Lynagh, Patrick Kelly and Pádraig McKearney. Among their proudest achievements was the butchery of Sir Norman Stronge, the 86-year-old former Speaker of Stormont, and his son James, at their home Tynan Abbey in January 1981, after which they burned down the Abbey and engaged in a 20-minute gunfight with policemen and soldiers in the Abbey grounds: more than 200 shots were fired.

The IRA murder gang’s Hiace van riddled with bullets after the SAS ambush at Loughgall in May 1987: an execution to celebrate rather than mourn as ‘martyrdom’.

The murderers’ luck ran out when they were killed in an SAS ambush while attempting to attack a police station in the village of Loughgall, Co Armagh, in May 1987.

These are the “martyrs” who are being celebrated by Michelle O’Neill next weekend: and no doubt this gangster’s moll will later expect to shake hands with the Queen.

In a more rational world she would share the fate of her beloved “martyrs”.

 

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