John Cushnahan: Sinn Fein TD should quit for his comments glorifying the IRA

A letter from Mr John Cushnahan on December 2:

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley, who apologised for his tweet and deleted it
Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley, who apologised for his tweet and deleted it

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley’s unforgivable tweet glorifying the IRA’s murder of 18 soldiers near Warrenpoint, on the same day they murdered Lord Mountbatten and two children, is despicable and unforgivable.

When taken together with his colleague David Cullinane’s infamous ‘Up the Ra’ comment after his Dail election victory both their actions illustrate that if you scratch some Sinn Fein TDs beneath the surface they remain unreconstructed apologists for the bloody IRA campaign which was responsible for 49% of all murders during the North’s Troubles.

As Sinn Fein has not been slow to call for other resignations in the Dail for what they described as “inappropriate behavior” in spite of the fact that the respective TDs on those occasions apologised profusely, it is high time they applied the same principle to one of their own namely Brian Stanley.

Letter to the editor

John Cushnahan, Former Fine Gael MEP and Former Leader of the Alliance Party, Co Limerick

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