But he also said Mr Kearney’s assertion that unionist complaints that they had not been able to hear the words of republicans over the sound of guns and bombs were right amounted to “an abject confession that the terrorist campaign was a failure”.
“Republicans need to have uncomfortable conversations with themselves first. Let me suggest this as a starting point.
“Admit that if there was something wrong with the way Northern Ireland used to be governed, no one needed to die, or be injured, to achieve the fix,” he added.
“Acknowledge your responsibility for the fact that many... suffer the consequences in physical and mental pain... and apologise for the actions, not just the consequences.”
There was no immediate response from Sinn Fein.
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Obviously all the violence was wrong and achieved nothing other than further division, if SF/IRA have any notion of actual outreach sooner or later they will have to admit this. Difficult to achieve while the ''war'' vet's still hold office and with the army council puppet masters pulling the strings but someday SF may separate itself from the IRA and become an actual/solely political party...
As for Nesbitt initially i completely dismissed him, and at times he can be caught out on some subjects, but he does come across as being genuine in his attempts to support victims, which is more than can be said for most of our politicians...