Friday, 17 July 2009

And more silliness

THE esteemed MP and MLA for West Belfast that is Gerry Adams, has made what must rank as one of the strangest statements of his career by offering up a political analysis (Sinn Fein always have one of those handy) of the road to a united Ireland.

The Sinn Fein leader was speaking in Westminster as part of an international campaign for Irish re-unification, where he said that the Orange Order would have a role in a new Ireland and that “Orange marches, albeit on the basis of respect and cooperation, will continue in a United Ireland if that is the wish of the Orange."

Whatever his reasoning (unionists, he claims, would make up 20% of the electorate in a united Ireland, meaning they would be a strange type of unionist…opposed to the union they are in and hearkening for a union they are not in), Gerry must have finally lost the plot. Does he think that his analysis would have members of the loyal orders clamouring to parade along O’Connell Street, march through Drogheda to honour Cromwell, followed by a swift dander along Tallaght’s streets? Or that ‘Kick the pope’ flute bands would, by his logic, gleefully sign up for their Irish citizenship to make sure that they can try and blag some Euros in grant aid to teach the ‘Sash’ in Gaeltacht schools?

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