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PaisleyMcGuinEPA_468x278.jpgJenny McCartney, youngest daughter of my old political colleage Bob McCartney, hits the button on the head when she says in the Sunday Telegraph…

"Paisley, as some commentators have noted with rather naive gratitude, has withheld from rounding upon Sinn Fein with his usual gusto over the Quinn case. That is because the DUP and Sinn Fein, once locked together in mutual loathing, are now squeezed in the close embrace of an unopposed government. They are all enjoying vigorously working the levers of power, and the DUP is perfectly aware that if Sinn Fein should come crashing out of government, it will too.


"The DUP may even be hoping that if it goes gently on Sinn Fein with regard to the Quinn killing, perhaps Sinn Fein will tread lightly on its own little scandal: the rather touchy subject of why the DUP environment minister, Arlene Foster, recently announced herself "of a mind" to award a highly unusual private contract for developing a visitors’ site on the Giant’s Causeway – the nearest thing Northern Ireland has to a national monument – to a fellow DUP member, Seymour Sweeney. When Paisley’s son, Ian Paisley Junior (known to local wags as Baby Doc) was asked if he knew Mr Sweeney, he replied hazily: "I know of him," as though of some distant potentate. It turned out that Mr Sweeney was not only a close friend but had sold him a house.

This month we have had a glimpse of the new Northern Ireland: a place of gleaming tourist centres and political cronyism, rocketing house prices and squalid murders, where victims emigrate and killers get promotion. The politicians will not pursue the death of Paul Quinn, but the people must demand justice for him, if they care enough about what their state is to become. If they do not, one other fragment from the newspapers last week whispered the future: an 18-year-old man was beaten with baseball bats by a masked gang in Newry. Police have confirmed that a possible paramilitary link is one of a number of lines of inquiry."

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4 thoughts on “McCARTNEY ON THE BUTTON!

  1. It’s a good analysis. Firstly I’d like to say that the DUP’s Peter Robinson was on inside politics yesterday, and said that this issue will not be fudged, that if at any time the Chief Constable or the Garda Commissioner or indeed the IMC say that there was IRA involvement then it would have repercussions. He also welcomed the fact that Gordon Brown said this week that any party involved would be punished and not the whole executive – which is a good thing for stable government in my view. He also said that SF must recognise that the IRA needs to close up shop for the good of society.

    Therefore Jenny’s take is a little pessimistic.


    The UUP have also called for the IRA to be closed down. No one wants this sort of thing.

    These last few weeks have been described by Paul Bew has ‘low grade-ery’. He wasn’t condoning it, but explaining it, where a blind eye is turned in order to protect what we have at stormont. But it cannot go on like this. This stuff must stop, and we are entitled to good governance.

  2. David,
    It is a fair analysis.
    I would prefer if we save the DUP bashing for another day however, and focus on who needs to be focused on for now.

    Sinn Fein and Republicans in South Armagh.

  3. Very perceptive. It’s a safe bet that there will be no justice in this case, just as there has been none in the dozens of other "housekeeping" murders carried out by the IRA since the cease-fire in 1995. They butchered Eamon Collins in 1999 just as they murdered Robert McCartney in 2005, Denis Donaldson in 2006 and Paul Quinn in 2007. There will be no murder convictions for any of these crimes.

    As a reminder of how they murder informers, see the inquest on Eamon Collins:

    "The murder of a former IRA supergrass has been described by a coroner as one of the most brutal he has ever seen. The inquest heard Eamon Collins’s body was found with severe head injuries at Doran’s Hill, Newry, in 1999. Coroner John Leckey and State Pathologist Jack Crane agreed it was one of the most brutal, horrific and grotesque murders they had encountered."


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