When Bellaghy native Sean McGlinchey was in the Cages of Long Kesh no one would have thought, just a few months ago, he would launch this year’s National Hungerstrike Commemorations during his reign as Mayor of the Borough of Limavady. DALE MOORE takes a look back at the Sinn Fein councillor’s journey, from prisoner to politician.
Sean’ McGlinchey’s journey over the past 40 years has been nothing short of remarkable and covers an unprecedented period of Irish history.
An interesting piece I read in the Derry Journal.
It's titled "One man's story" but really it is the story of many. Many county councilors, MLA's, even some TD's, MPs and MEPS (former MEPs anyway) are former IRA members.
This got me thinking...
People go on about the IRA having had minuscule support and of being repulsive to the vast majority, but if that is the case how can this support today be explained?
I can understand people like Pearse Doherty getting support from people who didn't like the IRA as he was never a member and is part of the "new generation" but if the IRA were so universally loathed, as many would have you believe, how come so many ex members are today elected reps?
If someone was a member of a group which I truly hated I would never vote for them - especially not when they still claim that said group was justified to do xyz. I'd say most people would be the same, no?
So what conclusions can we draw from this? The IRA were not as hated as people would have you think - there must be sympathy there otherwise people would never vote for former members surely?
I'm curious to see what people think about this. Especially in the context of the six counties were people aren't scrambling for an alternative like they are in the 26.