Sinn Féiner TD Brian Stanley deleted a tweet about Kilmichael and Narrow Water over the weekend, then apologised for it, saying that it was, 'inappropriate and insensitive'.
Kilmichael and Narrow Water were successful IRA operations against sections of the British military which had murdered innocent people on Bloody Sunday in 1920 and the more recent Bloody Sunday in 1972. How could anyone claiming to be a Republican apologise for comparing the two historical events?
In fact, Sinn Féiners seem to have an annoying habit of apologising at the crack of a whip. Martina Anderson 'apologised unreservedly' for her ‘dirty war’ tweet back in August after her attempt at a bit of the old Republicanism had the Unionists barking their outrage.
It's not surprising, given that the Sinn Féiners squeaky-booted from Republicanism a long time ago and conformed to the very system brave men and women died fighting against. So much for the 'Unapologetic Irish Republicanism' of the past. It is now seen as being 'inappropriate and insensitive'.
Given the Declan Kearney apologies to the British military forces and the RUC for the hurt and pain they experienced during the war, this comes as no surprise. The thought that Tom Barry, Dan Breen or Ernie O'Malley would have ever considered apologising to the British military or the RIC for the hurt and pain they suffered during the War of Independence is unimaginable. Yet there are many members of Sinn Féin who would put such apologises today down to, 'changed times' and the need to 'move on'.
The ranting reverend, Ian Paisley, gave a speech in 2004; in which he referred to a Gerry Adams' statement that they wanted to humiliate the IRA in regards to decommissioning. Paisley thundered:
There’s nothing wrong with that. I think it’s a very noble thing ... The IRA needs to be humiliated. And they need to wear their sackcloth and ashes, not in a backroom but openly. And we have no apology to make for the stand we are taking.
Clearly his words are ringing true, as far as the Sinn Féiners are concerned. They are wearing sackcloth and ashes a lot these days.
Those scarves and waistcoats that Laurence McKeown supposedly made, out of what must have been a king size blanket that he kept from the H Blocks, never took off as being fashionable in Gerry's party. How ironic given that the wearing of sackcloth and ashes are, without doubt, the equivalent of the prison uniform which they tried and failed to get us to wear back during those dark days of the late 1970s/early 80s.