Kevin McDaid was buried today. Enough acres of newsprint have been devoted to his appalling death – this blog has little to say that has not already been said many times and much more eloquently.
But the reports of Kevin McDaid’s funeral add yet another nasty addendum to the whole shameful story. Unionism, having disgraced itself so comprehensively, had one last chance to redeem some moral ground, but in depressingly typical style it failed.
The Irish Times reports that:
“Leaders of Presbyterian Church of Ireland churches in the town attended the funeral as did Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MP, SDLP leader Mark Durkan, MP and Assembly members Francie Brolly of Sinn Fein and the SDLP’s John Dallat. No Unionist politicians were noticeable either inside or outside the church.”
As so often before, the unionist parties – including the ‘Vote for Change’ UCUNF vehicle of convenience – gave posthumous succour to the loyalist thugs by deliberately and consciously avoiding any display of cross-community solidarity. By visibly not attending Kevin McDaid’s funeral – even though their own religious leaders managed to attend – the unionists sent a very clear signal to the loyalist thugs – ‘we don’t really care about McDaid, and we don’t really condemn what you did’.
Disgraceful, inhuman, and blatantly sectarian, but depressingly little different from the past. Unionism is a nasty creed that needs to be eradicated – today has shown that even name-changes do not change its true nature.