Much has been said and written about the funeral of Bobby Storey in the last few days. Commentators and politicians have, quite rightly, asked searching questions about the conduct of senior Provisional Sinn Fein members who attended. However, few people have asked why the Provisional republican movement felt it necessary to turn a man’s funeral into a paramilitary circus?
Nor have they asked why, if Sinn Fein is a ‘normal’ and fully democratic political party, members of that party played such an important and integral role in what was, essentially, a PIRA funeral/’show of strength’.
We’ve said it before and we will keep saying it; the funeral of Bobby Storey was designed to be a republican circus, a morbid and bizarre piece of political theatre.
Irish republicanism is founded upon the ghoulish ideal of the “blood sacrifice”. The uncomfortable truth for republicans is that Storey was exploited in death, just as he and other PIRA/Sinn Fein godfathers had exploited hundreds of people from their own community in life.
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Find it hard to disagree with a word in this article rdegardless of its provenance.ReplyDelete
Barry - there is so much wrong with it, there is no one point to start critiquing it.Delete
If you compare and contrast this type of piece with the interview by Shirley McMichael which this blog reproduced, you can get a better sense of who is really locked in the past.
That is not to say the piece does not make some useful observations but it is limited.
C'mon now. It's a contemptuous attack piece filled with slurs and gossip to the extent I was laughing while reading
Point taken, Anthony.ReplyDelete
Even Republicans have a right to bury their dead, can't help but feel this is a Duppers beat up. The only issue I can see is the taking over of Roselawn and not allowing other families to grieve their own on that day. The social distancing thing is an issue but Duppers whinging about it stinks of rank hypocrisy.
The best thing about republican funerals is guessing how many of the cortege were touts.ReplyDelete
The ones who own more than one house 😉Delete
Yes Ronan manys the Donegal holiday home supplied by Her Majesty's Exchequer!!!ReplyDelete
And Spanish, Portuguese, Florida etcDelete
That reminds me of reading Ed Maloney's Secret History of the IRA, in it the UK goverment estimated the RM had built a financial empire to run the war which exceeded 300 million quid a year. This included property, and front companies.
Where'd that massive amount of cash evaporate to?