And so here we go again, another split within the republican movement A split that is unnecessary and ill advised but created by people who have their own political ambitions, and a party it seems who have no moral compass on the rights for the unborn which must be a matter of conscience for any person or politician, especially in a country where a large minority voted against abortion, (33.6% ) a vote that also should be respected.
But it now seems that Sinn Fein, under both Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald, no longer represent the voice of that minority and so they force the withdrawal of a republican who did and does voice their concern about this law, who spent all of the abortion debate speaking against it and should have been allowed to continue to do so, and it is my belief that that decision taken by the leaders of Sinn Fein was one of personal preservation rather than the good of the party and the people of Ireland and their right to choose on what side of the argument they wish to promote.
Sinn Fein’s argument is that it was a decision taken by the majority at the party conference, but as we all know these conferences are party owned and anything the party puts forward will also be passed. Gerry and Mary Lou say its right so it must be right as they will not undermine the leadership whether its what they believe or not.
The Unforeseen Consequence Of This Decision :t
There comes a time when a political party has to give people/ members the right to follow their conscience on matters of faith and this is one of those times
This decision by Sinn Fein to suspend and censor Peadar Toibin was wrong very wrong and I hope not to late to revisit, as the main losers in this conflict, will not be Sinn Fein or Peadar Toibin but the nationalist community in the north, who will now have their vote split four (4 ) ways SDLP, PBP, S/F and now this new party being formed by Peader Toibin 4 parties all seeking for the nationalist vote, none of this to my mind makes sense as it once again may leave the door open for a return to Unionist rule in the north and do not think that proportional representation will protect the Sinn Fein vote it will not
As older people in my generation used to say,Splits and Money was always the downfall of the Republican Movement. So I appeal to Peadar and Sinn Fein not to split that vote any further at this time of crucial importance for the nationalist people in the north
For the people in the north while we respect Peadar’s stand on abortion and his right to life conviction , there are 100,000’s of people who want an end to partition and British rule above and beyond all else
Its Unity That We In The Northern Republican /Nationalist family need and not division Or People Who Will Put Personal Ambition Ahead Of the people who supported them