Letters to the Editor, Response to ‘Hypocritical outrage from the DUP over council motion’

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Monday, October 29th, 2012
Letters to the Editor
This letter is in response to ‘Hypocritical outrage from the DUP over council motion’ Dear Editor, I watch the situation in N.I. from my observation point in London very closely and am bemused. For an observer outside N.I. the letter from Damian Herron (26 Oct) describes a situation which is bizarre to say the least. That the DUP would not be happy with the inclusion of Gerry McGeough “in the motion brought before Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council by Sinn Féin and supported by the SDLP” has been evident for a long time. McGeough is the only Irish Republican to be gaoled for an offence committed over 30 years ago in which both his victim and he were injured but no-one was killed, yet he was sentenced to 20 years. Even if McGeough is released after 2 years under the GFA, surely any rational victim would consider this unusual trial and 2 years behind bars in the dire conditions of HMP Maghaberry, separated from his wife and four young children, sufficient punishment for a man with a grave heart condition. The absence from his family and four young children compounds that punishment. Taking these factors into account it would appear that the ‘DUP outrage and hypocrisy’ suggest they are not satisfied with their pound of flesh. What more do they want, the return of hanging? It would be helpful for all concerned if the DUP acknowledged that Northern Ireland is changing, and that the absolute power enjoyed by Unionists for over 75 years is a thing of the past. Mimicking the convulsions of a dying man does not help their party’s reputation. Yours faithfully, Moya St Leger London
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