Des O’Malley was defined by his struggle against armed republicanism

On the day of his funeral a reminder of O’Malley’s defence of democratic institutions

File image of Des O’Malley at a PD conference in Co Clare. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

File image of Des O’Malley at a PD conference in Co Clare. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Des O’Malley had many achievements, and some failures, to his name over a long career, but on the day of his funeral it should be noted that his entire political life was defined by his struggle against armed republicanism and an unwavering defence of the democratic institutions of this State.

His political outlook was forged in the maelstrom of the arms crisis of 1970 and as recently as last month he engaged in a public dispute with RTÉ over Gunplot, a new documentary and podcast series, which he regarded as a serious misrepresentation of what happened during those fateful days over half a century ago.

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