How many unionists do you think read the speech Michelle O’Neill gave in Milltown cemetery on Sunday? Few or none? How many members of the DUP assembly party read it? Few or none? That’s the whole speech on the Sinn Féin website not just the headline, ‘SF calls for unity vote in five years’, which probably guaranteed virtually no unionist read any further.
At the start of last week, I shared a post on social media which was a clip of the Tyrone manager, Mickey Harte, expressing his pro-life views ahead of the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland.
“How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to Him[Jesus Christ]!” The anguished words of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Rome on Good Friday 2005 lamenting the horrors of clerical sex abuse during a profound meditation on the Stations of the Cross just 25 days before his election as Pope Benedict XVI.
The DUP don’t want another executive, at least not while they hold the balance of power at Westminster and that dirty deal the desperate Theresa May did with the party has also altered the balance of power in the DUP and in the north, all for the worse.