Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Sinn Féin oppose IRA victims memorial

The victims of the IRA need to be rememberedI understand that last night, Sinn Féin opposed a bid by unionists in Magherafelt to have a new memorial erected at the council headquarters to victims of IRA violence.

The debate comes a month after a heated row over plans for a plaque to two murdered Sinn Fein councillors.

I understand that this is a difficult issue. I understand also why Sinn Féin would have difficulty supporting a memorial to victims of IRA violence seeing as they take the view that the IRA were freedom fighters.

However, with that being said, I don't think they should have opposed the bid by unionists. Victims of IRA violence need to be acknowledged and remembered. Whilst parties in the North hold different views on the rights and wrongs of The Troubles, all parties should hold the view that the loss of life in Ireland was a travesty. Sinn Féin need to come to terms with that.

What are your thoughts on this issue?


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