Thursday, 29 September 2011

OK Martin, now over to Michelle

The campaign for the presidency of the Irish Republic is now underway and already Martin McGuinness has come under pressure as journalists and commentators scrutinise his record, in a way that has not really happened in Northern Ireland.  That is to be welcomed.

Already he has described the Remembrance Day bombing in Enniskillen, which took place on 8 November 1987, as 'atrocious'. 

But where does that leave other Sinn Fein members?  What is the view of Michelle Gildernew, the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone and therefore the MP for the constituency in which the atrocity took place?  Perhaps our journalists will now ask her about her view of that appalling terrorist atrocity.

Martin McGuinness will say many things during his campaign but they should not be allowed to stand in isolation.  His candidacy is on behalf of a party which supported the IRA's terrorist campaign and the wider party leadership has questions to answer as well.

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