SF have this Government against the wall, Riding high in the Polls, this Comment sadly will do Damage, Leo the Leak will have his PR Machine in full Throttle, and Who can Blame him? SF must learn urgently? They have the Trust of the People, please dont Lose it, Who sain 7 days is a long time in Politics?? Rambo, I stand Corrected?

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‘This is another case unfortunately of the mask slipping’ — Simon Coveney slams senior Sinn Féin TD’s IRA tweet

Eva Wall  5 hrs ago


‘ …‘This is another case unfortunately of the mask slipping’ — Simon Coveney slams senior Sinn Féin TD’s IRA tweet

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has lashed out at Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, who has apologised for an ‘inappropriate’ tweet he posted on Saturday.Simon Coveney, Brian Stanley are posing for a picture© Provided by Extra.ie

Saturday marked the centenary of the Kilmichael Ambush, an IRA attack that occurred in Kilmichael, Co Cork, during the War of Independence, leaving 17 British soldiers dead.

Taking to Twitter to acknowledge the centenary, Mr Stanley drew parallels between the Kilmichael Ambush and the Warrenpoint Ambush, or Narrow Water massacre, an attack launched by the IRA on August 27, 1979, in Co Down, that resulted in the deaths of 18 British soldiers.Simon Coveney wearing a suit and tie: Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has lashed out at Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, who has apologised for an ‘inappropriate’ tweet he posted on Saturday. Pic: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland© Provided by Extra.ie Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has lashed out at Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, who has apologised for an ‘inappropriate’ tweet he posted on Saturday. Pic: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Mr Stanley, who represents the constituency of Laois-Offaly in the Dáil and who was appointed Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in July, claimed that the attacks were: ‘The [two] IRA operations that taught the elite of d British army and the establishment the cost of occupying Ireland. Pity for everyone they were such slow learners’.

Mr Stanley subsequently deleted the tweet and, in a statement released by the Sinn Féin press office, apologised for ‘the content of an inappropriate and insensitive tweet I sent yesterday’.

The tweet prompted vociferous criticism, not least from DUP leader and Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster, who took to Twitter to post: ‘I will be writing to the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil about this shameful tweet.Brian Stanley wearing a suit and tie: Taking to Twitter to acknowledge the centenary, Mr Stanley drew parallels between the Kilmichael Ambush and the Warrenpoint Ambush, or Narrow Water massacre, an attack launched by the IRA on August 27, 1979, in Co Down, that resulted in the deaths of 18 British soldiers. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland© Provided by Extra.ie Taking to Twitter to acknowledge the centenary, Mr Stanley drew parallels between the Kilmichael Ambush and the Warrenpoint Ambush, or Narrow Water massacre, an attack launched by the IRA on August 27, 1979, in Co Down, that resulted in the deaths of 18 British soldiers. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

‘Although deleted, it is outrageous that someone with such warped views can hold a senior position in the Dáil. SF talk about respect & equality but there’s not much sign of respect for victims.’

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland on Monday, Mr Coveney also lambasted Mr Stanley’s tweet, saying: ‘Brian Stanley is a senior Sinn Féin TD, he’s the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, he should know better than this.

‘Sinn Féin speak publicly and on the Dáil record all the time about the need for legacy infrastructure to deal with the past in a sensitive way in Northern Ireland, and they talk about reconciliation.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1333102756312322048&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fextra.ie%2F2020%2F11%2F30%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2Fsimon-coveney-sinn-fein-tweet-brian-stanley&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

‘And yet, a senior Sinn Féin person comes out with this bile on social media, which is really about division and hatred, to be honest, and this is another case unfortunately of the mask slipping.’

The Fine Gael minister continued: ‘There are many in Sinn Féin who I believe want to progress reconciliation and are generous about that, but there are some who clearly aren’t, and I think this is really unhelpful in terms of what we’re trying to do in Northern Ireland in particular in the context of putting in place legacy infrastructure that can help victims’ families on all sides to move forward on the basis of true reconciliation.

‘Comments like this from a Sinn Féin TD are really unhelpful and completely insensitive.’Simon Coveney wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Mr Coveney also lambasted Mr Stanley’s tweet, saying: ‘Brian Stanley is a senior Sinn Féin TD, he’s the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, he should know better than this.’ Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Mr Coveney also lambasted Mr Stanley’s tweet, saying: ‘Brian Stanley is a senior Sinn Féin TD, he’s the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, he should know better than this.’ Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

When asked what more Mr Stanley should do to atone for his post, Mr Coveney said: ‘His party needs to make a clear statement. But also, his party needs to ensure that these kinds of comments don’t happen again in the future.

‘This is not the first time this has happened. Whether we hear shouting of “Up the RA” after the general election; whether we see senior Sinn Féin figures marching in St Patrick’s Day parades with “Brits out”; this kind of language needs to be consigned to history.

‘We’re trying to actually live in peace and reconciliation on this island, with each other, nationalists and unionists and many others as well.Simon Coveney wearing a suit and tie: When asked what more Mr Stanley should do to atone for his post, Mr Coveney said: ‘His party needs to make a clear statement. But also, his party needs to ensure that these kinds of comments don’t happen again in the future.’ Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie When asked what more Mr Stanley should do to atone for his post, Mr Coveney said: ‘His party needs to make a clear statement. But also, his party needs to ensure that these kinds of comments don’t happen again in the future.’ Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

‘Sinn Féin is a party that has enjoyed electoral success, they’re doing well in opinion polls right now, they have a responsibility to move away from this kind of language, this kind of hatred, this kind of division, which sometimes they reinforce when the mask slips as it did in the case of Brian Stanley.

‘It’s got to stop if Sinn Féin is going to contribute in a positive way to the challenges we face around reconciliation and dealing with the past.’ 

 

 

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