Do you think that this will help – or hinder- the chances of McGuinness getting a….cough… Nobel Peace Prize?
Martin McGuinness authorised human bomb attacks against the Army in Northern Ireland, the Smithwick Tribunal has heard. The Dublin tribunal is investigating potential Garda collusion with the IRA in the murders of RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan in 1989. The witness, Martin Ingram repeated his accusation that Mr McGuinness was still in the IRA and authorised operations long after he said he had left. He told the tribunal that “human bombs (were) also authorised by Martin McGuinness”. “McGuinness controlled Northern Command… for the vast majority of the time,” said the former Force Research Unit agent. “Contrary to what he would have you believe that he left the IRA in the 1970s, that is not true. “He was a member of the Northern Command of the Provisional IRA council responsible for controlling people like Scappaticci.”
The IRA carried out three proxy or human bomb attacks in 1990. In one, Londonderry man Patsy Gillespie, a Catholic who worked as a cook in the Army’s Fort George base, was ordered to drive a bomb to a border checkpoint while his family was held hostage. Gillespie and five soldiers were killed in the explosion, and the IRA tactic caused massive public revulsion.
Well, to be precise, Gillespie was blown to smithereens. By the IRA. In Londonderry.
Naturally, those principled lions in the DUP have responded to this by insisting that the alleged terrorist mastermind McGuinness step down to clear his good name.
Hang on a sec…oh, that’s right, they have NOTHING to say about it. How odd.