Wrong to celebrate terrorism

Jim Monaghan, one of the Colombia Three
Jim Monaghan, one of the Colombia Three

The recent event organised by Sinn Fein in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin in honour of Jim Monaghan (one of the infamous Colombia Three) “a night of celebration and remembrance” was disgusting and is the work of those who are deluded in terms of the devastation brought as a consequence of PIRA/FARC guerrilla terrorism.

A night to celebrate what exactly?

A man who is ‘on the run’ along with others for crimes that he and others are believed to have committed in Colombia which would have had the impact of enabling FARC fanatics to wage terror on the Colombian people.

Most law abiding people will be aghast at this but Sinn Fein have some form for these events. When John Downey cheated being tried for the Hyde Park bombing – a callous and brutal terror attack, Sinn Fein organised a welcome return party for him in Donegal.

The reality that people should understand is that whatever peace and reconciliation rhetoric trotted out by Sinn Fein, they remain in denial as to the activities of the IRA at home but also abroad – the IRA have been and continue to be a menace to the world.

The IRA (including many Sinn Fein members) have British, Irish, Colombian, Spanish, Jewish and the blood of many other nations on their hands.

The republican movement must desist from its’ campaigns of terror and violence whether at home or abroad and they must accept that there is not and was not ever legitimacy for terrorism and criminal violence.

Kenny Donaldson, Innocent Victims United, Lisnaskea, South Fermanagh