Stephen Collins: McElwain tribute shows SF is no ordinary political party

Sinn Féin remains IRA mouthpiece and is untroubled by its ‘sinister’ database

Mary Lou McDonald: The Abú database apparently cross-references facts from the electoral register with information about voters gleaned from Facebook. Sinn Féin is being investigated for potential breaches of data law. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mary Lou McDonald: The Abú database apparently cross-references facts from the electoral register with information about voters gleaned from Facebook. Sinn Féin is being investigated for potential breaches of data law. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is something troubling about the fact that in the same week that Arlene Foster was forced to step down as the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the IRA man who she believes shot her father in the head was eulogised by a Sinn Féin TD as a continuing inspiration.

While the focus of attention is currently on the future of the DUP, the real face of the campaign to have a Border poll was exposed for anybody who cared to see it by the boast of Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy that notorious IRA killer Séamus McElwain’s vision of a united Ireland is close to being realised.

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