A call on Sinn Fein to re - think their policy and publicly stated opposition to Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland has been rejected by Sinn Fein’s newest Co. Councillor.
The rejection of the need to publicly protest came from Cllr. Jack Murray came on foot of a statement by Gerry Casey of Eirigi which stated that the Queen’s visit was an attempt to legitimise and normalise the continued occupation of the six counties by her government and a further attempt to copper fasten partition and continue to deny the right of self determination to the Irish people as a whole.
Casey said, “This woman and the sectarian institution that she represents is an apologist for illegal military occupations and war crimes carried out by her troops not just in Ireland but in Iraq and Afghanistan also.
However Cllr. Murray rejected the calls for protest claiming that they could be violent and distract from the substantive issues and said, “The Sinn Féin leadership has stated publicly that the royal visit is premature.
“Martin McGuiness has also said that the Queen of England’s personal decoration of the soldiers who murdered civilians in Derry on Bloody Sunday causes difficulty for many Irish people – I agree.
“Many people in Donegal will also be appalled to see millions of euros of tax-payer’s money being spent on this visit while huge cuts are being inflicted on Letterkenny and Sligo hospitals.
“Sinn Féin supports the right of the public to protest but we believe that organising a protest which could turn violent would be a mistake and would serve only to distract from the issues which should be highlighted.
“We are a republican party and we are driven to achieve a united Ireland; free from British rule.
“ We continue to make advances towards our goal and we are now in a position of unprecedented strength throughout the island of Ireland.
“We will not be distracted from our objectives by any organisation without a strategy to achieve Irish freedom and whose energy is dedicated solely to sound bites and attempts to gain media attention.”