Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Ban sale of paramilitary flags - Dallat

I read with interest on the SDLP's website that SDLP MLA John Dallat has written to the PSNI and the Northern Ireland Office to complain about the sale of loyalist paramilitary flags and other items on the internet and in shops in the North.

I found these comments particularly interesting in relation to Sinn Fein:

"And while IRA flags are not on sale on Sinn Fein’s online store, IRA t-shirts and depictions of IRA men with machine guns are. It is disturbing that any political party in the 21st century would trade in these items" Mr Dallat said.

I agree wholeheartedly and a host of Loyalist items are mentioned which can be purchased but just as worrying are the items which can be bought on
www.sinnfeinbookshop.com. Indeed if one goes to the section highlighting the various shirts available they will see 'IRA Undefeated Army" T shirts, "Tiochfaidh ár lá" (sic) badges in the shape of machine guns and so forth.

I would like to ask any Sinn Fein supporter here on United Irelander two questions:

1. How can Sinn Fein justify selling such items on their book shop site?

2. Doesn't the fact they sell these items destroy their claims that they are inclusive towards all traditions? I mean, on the site you can even buy a Celtic hoodie! Farcical stuff.

Anyone care to comment?


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