Unionist concerns over council-funded PIRA advert

The newspaper adverts listed IRA men alongside figures from the 1916 Rising

The newspaper adverts listed IRA men alongside figures from the 1916 Rising

Unionists have raised concerns after a range of Republic of Ireland state logos appeared on an Easter Rising advert in Donegal which included 10 Provisional IRA members.

Unionists have raised concerns after a range of Republic of Ireland state logos appeared on an Easter Rising advert in Donegal which included 10 Provisional IRA members.

The newspaper advert, titled ‘Republican roll of honour’ included rising figures along with 10 PIRA figures who died between 1973 and 1991 – Jim McGinn, Seamus Harvey, Gerard McGlynn, Peter McElear, Peter Cannon, Antione Mac, Kieran Fleming, Reamonn Mac Lochlainn, Philip McFadden and Damien Brolly.

Gerard McGlynn and Seamus Harvey blew themselves up transporting a bomb in 1973.

The logos of Donegal County Council and at least three other state departments were displayed under the names.

DUP West Tyrone MLA Thomas Buchanan said no consideration has been given to “the offensiveness of glorifying men like Gerard McGlynn and Seamus Harvey” who were “on their way to take life” when they died.

UUP MP Tom Elliott said Dublin has a right to commemorate the Easter Rising. “However, there is no justification for funding the memory of modern day criminals and terrorists,” he added.

TUV South Down Assembly candidate Henry Reilly said: “Dublin needs to explain why they believe that it is acceptable to use public money to celebrate those who went out with murder in their hearts but were mercifully blown up by their own bomb.”

Donegal County Sinn Fein councillor Marie Therese Gallagher chaired the committee which granted funds for Easter Rising events in that area.

“We funded nearly 200 applications and would not have been aware of such level of details on adverts,” she said.

Asked if she had any problem in principle with PIRA men being included in such adverts, she said it would be up to each organisation to decide.