Willie’s boy seeking publicity

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Ian McCrea DUP MLA took exception to an address relating to the plight of the people of Gaza made by Tommy McKearney to an audience in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone on 28th August 2014. Mr McCrea’s criticism was covered by the Tyrone Times of 2 Sept 2014 9(http://bit.ly/1Brwq8k) and Tommy McKearney’s response to McCrea is carried below.

Ian McCrea’s personalised attack on myself, and the meeting at which I spoke concerning the people of Gaza's dreadful plight, smacks more of a politician’s desperation for publicity than of any reasoned analysis.

 The undisputable fact is that the civilian population of Gaza was subjected to what the UN described as ‘unprecedented destruction’ during which at least 2127 Palestinians were killed, 577 of whom were children, 260 women and101 elderly people and a further 10,000 people seriously injured. Against this Israel lost 73 dead, 66 of whom were soldiers. If Mr. McCrea is looking for terrorists in that region he should look instead to the government of Israel.

Moreover, if the DUP’s Ian McCrea is so fixated by my IRA past, he should perhaps consider raising the issue with his party leaders who are currently sitting in coalition with a significant number of former IRA activists.

Not, I suspect, that either of these issues is really at the heart of Mr McCrea’s anxiety. With Stormont and Westminster elections due in the next 18 months, the call of the polls is resounding in his ears.

One piece of good news for Ian, however, is that I shall be speaking at many other public events in my home county and his opportunities for tub-thumping will be manifold.

Tommy McKearney … 4th September 2014

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