Michael McDowell: Puppet masters won’t allow any Sinn Féin apology for Mountbatten

Sinn Féin politicians not free to apologise for or condemn IRA actions

Speaking in an interview on Britain’s Times Radio, the day after the funeral of Prince Philip, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she was “sorry” the IRA killed Lord Mountbatten in 1979. Video: Times Radio

Funerary politics have their own particular potential. In the middle of a pandemic, so many ordinary citizens have been denied the opportunity to accord to their loved ones the honour and ceremonial of what is part of Irish culture – a decent funeral.

In a gesture of solidarity with so many families, the British royal family held a strange hybrid between a Covid-compliant family funeral and a scaled-down military ceremonial for the monarch’s consort.

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