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I see that that there have been calls for the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood to be removed from his Stormont justice committee post after taking part in a republican funeral which saw a Real IRA gunman allegedly fire shots. That’s Mr Eastwood in pole position on the left hand side of the coffin.

 The father of a victim of the Real IRA Omagh bomb and politicians voiced concern after the former mayor of Londonderry carried a coffin while flanked by men in full paramilitary uniform. The Foyle MLA has defended his actions at the funeral of former Official IRA and INLA man Seamus Coyle in the city on Tuesday. He carried his friend’s coffin, and later a masked member of the Real IRA fired up to a dozen shots from an automatic rifle. Alliance Justice spokesman Stewart Dickson MLA called on Mr Eastwood to be removed from his position on the Assembly’s Justice Committee. And Michael Gallagher, whose son was killed in the Omagh bomb, said the SDLP man should have considered the ramifications of attending the funeral of a former paramilitary. TUV leader Jim Allister and the DUP were also critical after the young politician was pictured carrying the flag-draped coffin. “In my view a paramilitary funeral is no place for anyone who espouses the principles of a liberal democracy,” Mr Allister said

Jim is right, of course, but carrying the coffin on terrorists has never hurt some people.

Here’s well known barman Gerry Adams (never IN the IRA, you know) carrying the coffin of IRA Bomber Thomas Begley, he who murdered ten people in  one bombing in 1993.

Here’s Comrade McGuinness attending the burial of a fallen fellow IRA terrorist.  (Of course he left the IRA shortly afterwards and definitely wasn’t in it as it went on to slaughter some 1800 people.)

Now then, Colum Eastwood is not in the IRA, the INLA or even I Can’t believe it’s not the IRA. He is a democratic politician from a party which abhors violence. So his startling lack of judgement in this regard brings dishonour on his Party, the SDLP, and shame on him.  Why has he not been disciplined? Why does the SDLP sit back and watch all this with NO comment? Where is the sanction?

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13 thoughts on “PAYING HONOUR WHERE THERE IS NONE..

  1. Time the PSNI hauled Eastwood in for questioning to find out just how much he knows about these dissidents….maybe he could start by identifying those flanking the coffin in the photo

  2. TUV leader Jim Allister and the DUP were also critical after the young politician was pictured carrying the flag-draped coffin. “In my view a paramilitary funeral is no place for anyone who espouses the principles of a liberal democracy,” Mr Allister said

    So Jim & the DUP are complaining about an SDLP member attending a dead friend’s funeral?

    In 1986 DUP leader Ian Paisley defended his decision to attend the wake of murdered UVF leader John Bingham. A number of other high-ranking unionist councillors attended Mr Bingham’s funeral.Those present when John Bingham’s coffin – draped in a UVF flag, beret and gloves – was carried from the church, included the then north Belfast MP Cecil Walker, former DUP councillor George Seawright, former UUP mayor John Carson and councillors Joe Coggle, Frank Millar and Hugh Smyth.

    http://www.nuzhound.com/articles/irish_news/arts2002/nov8_problem_with_republicans.php

    What would prominant unionist politicians be doing attending attending a UVF murder gang bosses funeral? Were they “friends”?

    Wasn’t Jolly Jimbo a member of the DUP when his party leader and other prominant party members attended the wake / funeral of Bingham in 1986?

    Hyprocriscy much?

  3. David he is just following the lead of any number of Unionist politicians. Hypocricy methinks

  4. Criticising the spelling of a comment as opposed to it’s content? Sure sign of a non – argument.

  5. If the guy was a friend then you have to go to his funeral. If there are political consequences to that then you have to take them. But attendance at a funeral can’t be taken as an endorsement of the political views of the deceased.

  6. Hah

    Love the instinctive whataboutery and the disconnect from the fact that whilst some here deny the stupidity of the act, the SDLP have already moved to deal with it.

  7. We all indulge in whataboutery including yourself David,however Eastwood should be kicked out of the SDLP and Collins should be kicked out of the TUV

  8. Martin

    I’m not in the TUV and they can answer for themselves but I am glad to see the SDLP have not adopted the whataboutery seen on this thread. Well done to them. Now, time to check out the Mark H Durkan angle..media seems quiet on it for some reason…

  9. I point out the fact that JJ & Ian Og are calling for Eastwood’s head on a political plate while they remained silent as their party leader and other prominant party members did exactly the same thing and this is is supposed “whataboutery?”

    Sounds to me like someone’s trying to deflect criticism and close the debate down regarding ‘don’t do as I do do as I say’ double standards.

    The SDLP have already moved to deal with it

    Wonder why the DUP didn’t do the same thing in 1986?

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