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No Breakthrough

Michael Benson • March 2005

As anyone who has read the few articles I have already written here will know I am certainly not a member or a supporter of Sinn Fein but I am a Republican. Neither was I in Magennis’s bar on the night Robert Mc Cartney was murdered so I have no insight into what happened there. In that I am at one with 99.9% of the population of Belfast and beyond. What I do know is that what happened was wrong and should never have happened. That the killers should be brought to justice is a sentiment that everyone should agree with and I am no exception.

But I also live in the real world and in the apparent absence of any forensic or photographic evidence there seems little chance of charges or convictions. I do not expect that at this stage the killers will go to Musgrave St to admit their guilt, so where does that leave the Mc Cartney sisters?

All the pressure in the world may not give them what they want and when the media tire of them, as they will, they will be left to grieve alone for their brother.

There will be no more visits to or from Fine Gael politicians, no more stirring editorials and no more support from those who never had any time for anyone from the Short Strand. Like Betty Williams, Mairead Corrigan, Nancy Gracey and all the others cynically used in their genuine grief, they will be left alone while politics trundles on.

There will be no major breakthrough because of the Mc Cartney sisters because in the greater scheme of things they don’t really matter to either the Irish or British Governments. What really matters is stability on this island and no more Canary Wharfs.

Unpalatable as it may be to say this but what happened in that bar was a bar room brawl that got out of hand and tragically a young man lost his life. Of course the Sinners tried a cover up but that does not lessen the fact that it was a bar room brawl.

The one question that has baffled me, and there may well be a legal reason why this can’t be answered, but for weeks the Mc Cartney family along with the Sinners have been urging anyone in Magennis’s to give statements, and in the family’s case they want witnesses in court. So where are Robert Mc Cartney’s drinking companions in all of this? If they won’t go to court then it can hardly be expected that others will.


















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Other Articles From This Issue:

Statement from the Family of Knife Murder Victim Mark 'Mousey' Robinson
Robinson Family, Derry

Power in the Pub
Anthony McIntyre

Why No Arrests? (Whose agenda are we working to)?
TR FitzSimons

McCartneys: how the personal became political
Brendan O'Neill

No Breakthrough
Michael Benson

Hope for Justice
Mick Hall

Provisional Thuggery in Strabane
Des Dalton

Basking in the Glory?
Dr John Coulter

This Is What Democracy Doesn't Look Like
Fred A. Wilcox

Way Beyond Orwell
Eoghan O'Suilleabhain

Aliyah and the Oligarchs
Mary La Rosa

7 March 2005

The Butcher of Derry
Anthony McIntyre

Republican Anger at Criminals on Political Wing
Martin Mulholland, IRPWA

Brian Mór

The Rally for Justice
Sean Smyth

Green Leadership in North Call for a 'Big Conversation'
on a Unified Nationalist/Republican Strategy for the Endgame

John Barry, Green Party

Eoin McNamee's two Troubles novels
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Irish Christians and Africa
Dr John Coulter



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