FF planning to reach out to Sinn Féin?
Apologies for starting a new thread on this but I felt it warranted a discussion of its own. I was reading through Micheál Martin's Ard Fheis keynote address (I know, I know...) and amid the dross and bull dust about FF's 'social conscience' there was an interesting snippet of the speech dealng with the Peace Process where Martin toned down his anti-Provo rhetoric and seems in some ways to be moving to build bridges with SF. This is the snippet in full
All of this seems strong on the face of it, but a closer look reveals the language to be more neutral than the usual stuff about murderers, criminals etc that FF formerly applied to the Provos and Sinn Féin. Perhaps I'm attaching too much importance to a 10-second extract from the speech, but it seems to me as if FF is toning down its rhetoric in preparation for an extension of the olive branch to Sinn Féin. Any thoughts?
As far as I’m concerned the heroes of the peace process are the Irish people who were willing to open a place for the men of violence to abandon their illegitimate campaign of death, destruction and unrest.
Нооруз пиээ пурылыа выиттыа
'Our goal is to conquer state power for the Irish working class'
Pat Rabitte, 1987
"Can I ask whether this is what the men of 1916 died for: a bailout from the German chancellor with a few shillings of sympathy from the British chancellor on the side?"
Michael Noonan, November 2010