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Quite simply, the decision by the Irish and British Governments to invite loyalist terrorist godfathers to meet the Queen in Dublin is nauseating and yet another triumph for the terrorist class. It is good to know I am not alone in feeling like this;

“As loyalist paramilitary leaders prepare to attend a ceremony for the Queen’s visit to Ireland, a victims campaigner has said they should be visiting graveyards instead. UDA leader Jackie McDonald is among several prominent loyalists who have been invited to Islandbridge. There, the Queen will remember Irish soldiers who died in two World Wars.

But Jude Whyte, whose mother died in a loyalist bomb, said it was important to acknowledge the damage done in NI. Peggy Whyte was 52 years old when she was killed in a bomb, thought to have been left by the UVF, at the front of her home in University Street, Belfast in April, 1984. Her son said: “It would be far more important in terms of peace and reconciliation that they perhaps visited the graveyards and looked at the damage their organisation did,” he said. “Their casualties and victims were unarmed civilians who were no harm to anybody. “Try to understand the damage that the civilian population suffered here. “You broke a lot of hearts and you maimed and murdered a lot of people. It is time to say sorry to them.”

I agree with this lady. However, what does Peter Robinson’s parrot Rev Gibson have to say?

However, Reverend Mervyn Gibson who sits on the Loyalist Commission, defended those loyalists who had made “a significant contribution towards peace”.

Oh, by not killing too many more people? By being allowed to indulge in their criminal racketeering? By dealing drugs and ruining young lives? By spreading their toxic poison everywhere they infest?

Utterly hypocritical. Northern Ireland has embraced honouring terrorists – I haven’t. I remain opposed to all this depravity.

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15 thoughts on “THE SHAME IN DUBLIN..

  1. “Quite simply, the decision by the Irish and British Governments to invite loyalist terrorist godfathers to meet the Queen in Dublin is nauseating and yet another triumph for the terrorist class”

    It’s usually referred to as rubbing your enemy’s nose in it, or a clear act of humiliation. An insult to all who were killed unlawfully, bullied and coerced into supporting a cause which could only ever triumph by the use of violence, not reason.

  2. >>supporting a cause which could only ever triumph by the use of violence, not reason.<<

    At it happens, Britain's cause in Ireland was also pursued by violence, not reason, at the time.
    As it happens, Queen Elizabeth's visit tomorrow coincides neatly with the 37th anniversary of the Dublin bombings, in which 33 innocent people were killed, by Loyalist forces acting with at least some support from the British army in NI.

  3. Unless someone can inform me otherwise, I understand the UDA is still an illegal organisation. Isn’t it strange that while there is a current case in Northern Ireland where Marian price is being charged with the criminal offence of supporting an illegal organisation – down in Dublin the leaders of another illegal organisation are being given official invites to participate in the Queen’s visit. There is absolutely no justification for giving official status and privileges to self-appointed terrorist organisation leaders.

  4. Spot on Colm. UDA is a proscribed group, mere membership is an imprisonable offence but styling yourself as the leading Brigadier of said proscribed group is totally acceptable it would seem.

    Foe me the closeness between the President of Ireland and Jackie McDonald is very distasteful but if it helps to create a permanent peace then I will have to get used to that taste in my mouth, just as DV and the TUV will.

  5. I think that the moral shock, the outrage as expressed by David and many others, not all of them Unionists, is justified.

    Regardless on where one stands on the many small and large issues here.

  6. It does seem rather unnecessary to invite non-government folks of dubious backgrounds (however reformed they may allaegedly be). Can’t they just invite mindless celebrities like we would do here in the US?

    Another point, the Queen is also a member of the group known as families of terrorist victims, is she not? I suppose it just goes to show how ackward things can be.

  7. Disgusting as the UDA invite is, it is no worse than some of those who were invited to certain high profile wedding a few weeks ago by the palace themselves.

  8. Ironically for all that Morrissey moans about Bobby Sands, if you’d given him a cheeseburger you’d have been guilty of murder under the logic expressed by Moz in “Meat is Murder”.

    Just can’t win.

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