Sinn Fein silent on Willie Frazer debate call

Willie Frazer hand delivered the letter to Gerry Adams' office in Dundalk
Willie Frazer hand delivered the letter to Gerry Adams' office in Dundalk

There has been no response from Sinn Fein over whether or not it will enter into a public debate with Willie Frazer.

Mr Frazer delivered a letter in person to the offices of Gerry Adams in Dundalk this week, in the hope of setting up a discussion with the republican party leader.

He had previously suggested such a debate could be held somewhere like Stormont’s Long Gallery, and would be “about equality and justice and what they see as the future of Northern Ireland”.

He handed in the letter on Wednesday.

“They weren’t pleased to see me for a start,” he said.

“It had Sinn Fein-IRA written on the envelope. They took offence at that. I’m waiting on them coming back to me. This is a genuine effort at a debate. We’re giving them the opportunity here to tell us that they have moved on and that they’ve given up violence.

“The ball is now with them. This is the first time we’ve ever offered to sit and talk with them.

“We believe there’s a few questions we need answered, and if they answer them maybe we can say it’s time to move on, but we need to hear the answers directly ourselves.”

He said the main question he wants an answer to is whether the party has turned its back on violence permanently.

Also calling for such a debate was Jonathan Ganesh, who was severely injured in the 1996 Canary Wharf bombing, which killed Inan Bashir and John Jeffries.

Mr Ganesh – a part-Sri Lankan Irish citizen, who says his mother is related to Eamon de Valera – told the News Letter: “It just demonstrates that terrorist bombs affect every colour, every religion, everybody ... I really feel we need to meet Mr Adams.”

Asked about whether Mr Adams will agree to such a meeting, there was no response from the Sinn Fein press office.