Let's not get too sorry for the 'Sisters of Mercy'.
The whole family were/are card carrying fully paid up members of Sinn Fein/IRA. They appeared to be quite happy to vote for Adams, McGuiness and the rest of their murderous chums for the past 30 years or so. You reap what you sow.
Incidentally, I saw McGuiness give what certainly appeared to me to be a thinly veiled threat to the McCartney family on the telly the other night. What are the odds on a tragic car crash somewhere near the border happening which mysteriously wipes the whinging covan out when all the fuss dies down?
There has been talk of one of the sisters standing in the general election. I doubt they'd have to do much campaigning, their very presence is a reminder to all of what Sinn Feinn/IRA has come to (no matter what their original aim/behaviour).
Whilst I am eternally glad that the McCartney Sisters campaign is exposing the SF/IRA for what it is I feel little sympathy for them.
They were a part of the silent majority of Catholics and republicans that supported the IRA in it's campaign of terror, not in an overt way, but by doing exactly the same thing they are acusing everyone of at the moment; staying quiet even though they knew who the muderous thugs were that we killing and bombing across NI.
Only once it affected their family did they decide to speak out against the culture of silence. The tacitly joined in with it for many years and so cannot expect everyone else to have such a sudden conversion as they have.
Nelson Mandela was a convicted terrorist who only just escaped the rope. The rest we all know. Sometimes, things can change from within
The McCartney's are just like anyone else. It's not your problem until it directly affects you, It has affected them, now they have reacted. SF/PIRA have shown tremendous resilience to external pressure for some time, but against internal pressure, they start to fold like a house of cards.
The question is , how far are the McCartney sisters prepared to push this? Yes I know there is a danger of their house spontaneously combusting , but everyone will know who is responsible, and it might yet give PSNI a foothold back in areas that traditionally did not co-operate with them.
I am not prepared to specualte as to whether their NOK were players or not. What I can see though, is pressure on SF/PIRA to start thinking about the good of thir people and Ireland as a whole, as opposed to just lining their own pockets, whilst proclaiming they are there for the people.
It now transpires, that there were at least 2 SF politicians in the bar that night.
Curiouser and curiouser says the little girl with the long blonde hair.
I can't honestly say I feel any particular sympathy either.
But then I realise that for the most part they represent the vast majority of the entire N.I population who are, regardless of what they express in public, entirely ambivalent to anything which happens to the "other" community.