Councillor
Peter J. Martin
transparency, accountability and effective representation

Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

The real victims need a voice.

Sunday 2nd October 2011

Listening to Martin McGuiness over the past few weeks you would think that Sinn Fein never really played a part in the Troubles. It was the other folk, the IRA.

Listening to Martin McGuiness over the past few weeks you would think that Sinn Fein never really played a part in the Troubles. It was the other folk, the IRA. Some individuals desire to rewrite history is remarkable, perhaps David Irving would be impressed I, however, am not. The Commission for Victims and Survivors this week placed a consultative document before the Council last month and I spoke on the floor in defence of those who no longer have a voice. It is crucial that we remember who some of the real victims were. For example: Mary Travers a young teacher coming from Mass with her family, Joanne Mathers a census taker in Londonderry and the 10 Protestant workmen murdered in the Kingsmill massacre. One of my fellow Councillors said that there was no hierarchy of victims – there is. When we admit that we were all equally culpable for the Troubles we legitimise the very nature of the terror groups. Most people want to move Northern Ireland to a better place, to ensure a brighter future for our children and I am fully committed to those ideals. But we cannot allow Sinn Fein to say they selectively ‘regret’ some of the atrocities and, by their silence, justify others.

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