Much has been said about the article from former Mayor of Kerry Toiréasa Ferris in last weeks An Phoblacht.
The Short Strand was lucky enough to host Toireasa during our commemoration of local Volunteer Charles Monahan, who died in Kerry while trying to retrive arms in the run up to the Easter Rising 1916.
What struck everyone on that day was the sheer calibre of this Republican activist, she had the massive crowd assembled enthralled in the politics and republicanism of her speech, but was also able to come off the stage and flow freely from house to house chatting with local republican families who gladly opened their doors to welcome her in.
It came as no suprise to me that the party would want her to stand as a candidate in the recent European elections, she is a first class activist and representative. during this years Ard Fhéis, when I once again met Toireasa, the media based in the occupied part of Ireland, who were by and large unfamiliar with her all united in their praise for her and stated clearly that she was going far.
Toireasa has expressed her feelings regarding the last election openly for comrades to absorb and to debate upon. That is healthy and I'll allow regular readers of the blog to make up their own minds of the merits of what she is saying........