McGuinness slams 'unfair' RTE show

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  1. Belfast Telegraph Thursday 13th oct

    Martin McGuinness has claimed the tough questioning he faced on TV's live presidential debate was "unfair and totally out of order".

    Mr McGuinness took a grilling from RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan over his IRA past and whether he could square his role in the terror organisation with his Catholic faith.

    The Sinn Fein member was further annoyed when the other six candidates were asked to give their opinions on whether he was suitable for the presidency.

    "I thought it was wrong. I thought it was unfair and I thought it was totally out of order, I have to say," Mr McGuinness said.

    Ms O'Callaghan was asking candidates about their religious beliefs and turned to Mr McGuinness, and noting his IRA past, said: "How do you square, Martin McGuinness, with your God, the fact that you were involved in the murder of so many people?"

    The Sinn Fein MP initially said the question was a disgrace. He added : "I was accused by Miriam of being a murderer. I think that was wrong. I think it was totally out of order. I was then subjected to a show trial on television. Miriam then went round all the other candidates and asked each and every one of them whether or not I would be a fit person to be president of Ireland.

    "She didn't ask me if I thought any of the rest would be a fit president of Ireland."

    Mr McGuinness said he believed the electorate would have seen the RTE debate in the same way that he saw it.

    "I believe the ordinary people of Ireland are with me in this election. I'm quite content to leave the fairness or otherwise of what happened last night to their judgment, so that's all I've to say about it," he said.

    Mr McGuinness said he had a very low-key encounter with Ms O'Callaghan after the show to express his disappointment at the way the debate had been handled. He said he made clear his disappointment in a very reasonable way and insisted there were no raised voices.

    McGuinness slams 'unfair' RTE show - Republic of Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

    He got upset because he was asked about his past
     
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  2. Unfortunately for McGuinness you cannot rewrite all of history, and he has just volunteered to have his history examined in minute detail by becoming a presidential candidate.......
     
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  3. Boo Hoo. Nothing like the grilling some of his victims got.
     
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  4. I bet he told miriam after the show " i know where you live"
     
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  5. The Sinn Fein MP initially said the question was a disgrace. He added : "I was accused by Miriam of being a murderer. How did she know that, I have only told my priest? I think it was totally out of the Jesuit order. I was then subjected to a show trial on television but hey ho at least they did not tar and feather me or knee cap me (I would have). Miriam then went round all the other candidates and asked each and every one of them whether or not I would be a fit person to be admitted to jail.
     
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  6. skid2

    skid2 LE Book Reviewer

    Good God. That man McGuinness, has he no shame?, it's all me, me, me. Did he not see how that poor woman Dana suffered? I'm beginning to think he's no gentleman and certainly not fit to be president of the unoccupied 26 counties,
     
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  7. McGuinness is a murderer, a filthy creature, a coward. He lacks the courage to justify his past actions and tries to deny them; he should be shunned by all decent people. The fact that so many Irish are planning to vote for him is an obnoxious stain on their nation's character.
     
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  8. Wot you said, though I think you're being rather unnecessarily polite, old chap! Rather think he deserves a 7.62mm hole in centre-forehead..
     
  9. I would suggest a slower death for him, at the hands of Mr Black and Decker and my extensive set of drill bits..... I have a selection from 1mm all the way to 3 inch, and the hole cutting set.
     
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  10. We have done the torture and slow death stuff on one or two other threads but what the hell, with him, such repetition is good for our souls.
     
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  11. Mmmnnnn..... Power tools.......nice!

    I agree bokkatankie, repetition is good for the soul in this case.. now, if we could just arrange for Adams to be the backstop.... hmmnn...
     
  12. We would of course have medical support on hand, to ensure he remains conscious throughout until I slowly drill out his brain stem.....
     
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  13. Not to mention a decent hi-def (death?!) camera and operative to ensure adequate financial recompense for our labours, and of course, bulk of proceeds to go to Help for Heroes.. I'd happily buy a few dvd's of THAT!
     
  14. Never a truer word said sir.

    MB
     
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  15. I think it is high time that the Mods combined all the threads on this, I might be missing some new technique to inflict hurt upon him and Saint Adams.