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‘Law and order’ from behind a balaclava

Letter to the Irish News

John Kelly • 14 February 2005

I write in support of Gerard Quinn’s courageous and compelling letter (February 11). His plea that justice is not denied following the murder of his cousin Robert McCartney was both dignified and calmly reasoned.

If justice delayed is justice denied then equally justice obstructed is justice denied.

The obstruction of justice and the covering up of an injustice by political or paramilitary groupings is no less acceptable than the obstruction of justice and the covering up of an injustice by government security agencies.

Equally, if the destruction of evidence by British securocrats to deny justice to those Irish citizens in whose murders they colluded is criminally reprehensible then the destruction of evidence by those who colluded in the murder of Robert McCartney is as criminally reprehensible.

Moreover, the cynical and despicable manipulation by political representatives of children as young as five years old to protest against and to obstruct an attempt to investigate the murder of Robert McCartney was an injustice that added to the injustice of his murder.

The murder of Robert McCartney had everything to do with civil law and nothing to do with political principles or the political process.

It was a crime and no-one had the right, whatever their political complexion, to threaten or discourage anyone from the community in which that murder was committed against cooperating in bringing justice to Robert McCartney, to his partner, to his fatherless children and to his mother, father and sisters.

For an increasing and questioning voice of concern within the nationalist/republican communities throughout the north of Ireland the questions most frequently being asked are:

• have we the nationalist/republican community exchanged a fascist and sectarian orange jackboot for an increasingly fascist and totalitarian green jackboot?

• have we the nationalist/republican community exchanged a sectarian RUC Special Branch for the special branch of a militia that imposes its ‘law and order’ behind a balaclava – a balaclava that brings fear, punishment and death into our communities?

I would ask those nationalist and republicans who have suspended their critical faculties in the pursuit of an electoral mandate to question whether that mandate can be used to justify actions and activities that not only offends the core values of republicanism but also offends the core values of Christian society.

I conclude by posing the same question Gerard Quinn posed in the last paragraph of his letter: How does murdering the innocent “protector” of a “respected family” in the local community build an Ireland of equals?











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14 February 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

An Ireland of Equals Will Not Be Built on Fear
Gerard Quinn

'Law and Order' From Behind a Balaclava
John Kelly

Where Are the Guards of Honour?
Sean Magee

Losing Hearts and Minds
Mick Hall

Protest? You're Having a Laugh
Michael Benson

Brian Mór

When A Leader Deserts His Men
Anthony McIntyre

No News
James Fitzharris

I Didn't Know Her, But I Did
Fred A. Wilcox

Parents Must Fight Bigotry
David Adams

9 February 2005

Oderint dum Metuant
Anthony McIntyre

Life Amongst the Proveau Riche
Brian Mór

Can Republicans Succeed Without Upholding National Sovereignty?
Francis Mackey

The Party or the Process
Dr John Coulter

Sean Russell and the Nazis
Mick Hall

Counting the Bodies
Liam O Ruairc

Elections' Aftermath
Ghali Hassan

What did Aeschylus write in "Daughters of Danaus"?
Toni Solo



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