The IRA, the Catholic Church & Big Lies
Northern nationalism has entered a moral ice-age largely ushered in by Gerry Adams’ strategy.
Lies – Very Big Lies – are the order of the day and all who wish to be northern nationalists must lie and be complicit in lies, even the Catholic church.
The Father of Lies opining to David Blevins
The Biggest Lie of All is Gerry’s lie that he was never a member of the IRA – FFS Gerry, you as good as told David Blevins on Sky television that you would come clean at last if you got a promise of immunity – not for you the prison years that were the fate of the lower orders of republicanism – the thousands of IRA volunteers who spent a total of thousands of years in prisons for murders and bombings and for the Big Lie of a United Ireland or Bust.
Gerry, you’re the Prince of West Belfast – private health care in the United States, thousands of dollars a plate dinners in the US, pension from Stormont, a pension from Dáil Éireann – no prison cell for you – how many pensions do you have unlike the average industrial wage earner?
A Prince greets the Prince of West Belfast
Every obedient Sinn Féin member and supporter will look you directly in the eye these days and lie – “Gerry was never a member of the IRA and I believe him.” Pants on fire incendiary devices, but it’s for The Cause – so that makes lies alright then.
Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald and the scores of Gerry-cronies will all lie to your face and brazenly too.
Derry people used to hold that the Bloody Sunday families were sacrosanct and that everyone owed them and the Saville inquiry the whole truth and nothing but the truth – but not Martin McGuinness – he felt able to lie to the inquiry about leaving the IRA in 1974 – and that was a whopper of a lie that EVERBODY knew to be a lie.
Everybody had to tell the truth to Saville, but not Martin – for The Cause
McGuinness also lied about what he was actually doing on Bloody Sunday in Duffy’s bookmakers’ shop with a Thompson machine gun (used the previous Thursday evening to murder two police officers on nearby Creggan Hill) and some other gear, but that lie was for The Cause and nobody related to Bloody Sunday really cared anyway as it turned out – he had the freedom of the city and of Bloody Sunday to tell really big lies.
Nobody cared in wider northern society that Martin was lying about his later IRA membership, about his encyclopaedic knowledge of IRA ‘jobs’ and about his direct lies to victims – about the Claudy bombings, human bomb Patsy Gillespie, census collector and mother Joanne Mathers, Jeffrey Agate, Frankie Hegarty, Patsy Flood and many HUNDREDS of other murders – Marty could tell lies and northern nationalism loved it – ‘More!’ they cried…
Marty wasn’t so successful in the Republic of Ireland during his bid for the presidency, because southern nationalism wouldn’t turn a blind eye to the unrepented IRA murders and lies, not least to those Irish citizens murdered while serving in the Irish police, army or prison service – Jerry McCabe, Brian Stack, Private Paddy Kelly and Trainee Garda Gary Sheehan (the last two murdered while freeing Don Tidey from his kidnappers, for which job Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane faced charges in the Republic – his trial collapsed) and torture victims Tom Oliver and Terence McKeever.
The Catholic church in Northern Ireland has belatedly joined the Pan-Nationalist Front after spending many years condemning the IRA murder campaign.
You would hardly credit that the Pope ever called for an end to paramilitarism, or that the Irish Bishops condemned the IRA’s exploitation of the hunger strikes.
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ condemnation of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing and Bishop Cahal Daly’s resounding denunciation of the murders of the two army corporals might as well have never happened.
A former time when the Catholic church was not ambivalent about violence
Archbishop Eamon Martin reveled in being photographed with Martin McGuinness – no pleas on behalf of victims waiting for years for Truth – as did Cardinal Sean Brady [in spite of the fact that McGuinness had called for his resignation over child abuse matters].
Cardinal Sean Brady reconciling with the IRA
The new Bishop of Derry, Belfast diocesan Donal McKeown, astonishingly reversed Bishop Edward Daly’s prohibitions relating to honours at IRA funerals.
Fr. Michael Canny – who has effectively taken over the running of the Derry Diocese – had no problem in full clerical garb endorsing Sinn Féin’s and Martin McGuinness’ Free Derry Corner Irish Presidential bid send-off.
n fact, Fr. Canny went even further – he publicly endorsed a new book about Martin McGuinness pretending that there is no carryover endorsement of Sinn Féin – and retrospectively of the IRA – and announced at a recent memorial for McGuinness that he was sporting new altar vestments bought for him by the McGuinness family.
Didn’t Fr. Canny ever hear of a conflict of interest?