McGuinness ‘should have been executed’ for treason

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A veteran county Derry republican has said Martin McGuinness “should have been executed” for calling on people to give information to the police.

Mickey McGonigle made the comment during an Easter Rising commemoration held in the City Cemetery on Sunday, organised by Republican Sinn Féin. Around 30 people attended the event.

The Dungiven republican also claimed the Deputy First Minister is “committed to the police”.

Republican Sinn Féin (RSF) split from Sinn Féin in 1986 over the party’s decision to take their seats in Leinster House. RSF have remained a small party since then.

Speaking at the end of the short commemoration event, Mr McGonigle said; “Martin McGuinness told the late Sean Keenan and I in a house in Creggan that he would not support anyone going into Leinster House but he had already made his mind up about that.

“He told me in 1987 that he would not be going up the steps of Stormont and look at him now. Martin should hang his head in shame. He is too much committed to the police and the British military.”

He also criticised the Sinn Féin leader’s call for people to give information to the police on the activities of dissident republicans.

“He tells people to give information to the police. In his time in this city there was people shot for that.

“He also, along with Gerry Adams, oversaw the giving away of guns. People were also shot for that. That is treason and he should have been executed,” he said.

The unscripted outburst came at the end of a commemoration event during which wreaths were laid at the Cúchulain monument on behalf of “the leadership of the republican monument”.

A statement from the leadership of the Continuity IRA was also read by Pat Barry.

The statement claimed the group have been “carrying the war to the enemy” in the last year.

Messages from the Continuity IRA prisoners in Maghaberry and Portlaoise prisoners were also read out.

The prisoners’ messages called for an agreement reached last year to reduce tensions in Magahberry prison to be implemented.

Seanin Brady, granddaughter of Mr McGonigle, recited a decade of the Rosary in Irish and the main oration was delivered by Cait Trainor, Armagh.

During the oration she criticised the upcoming visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland and condemned what she described as “harassment” of republicans in Derry.

She also said; “The quislings at Stormont think they have pacified the republican people with power sharing but they are sharing British rule.

“Stromont politicians tell people they have no other option but we have the alternative.

“We will not accept concessions. The only thing we will accept is a full British withdrawal,” she said.

The commemoration was brought to a close by Whitey O’Neill playing the National Anthem.