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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