Today was the centenary of the founding of Cumann na mBann, which was a women’s nationalist organisation founded to advance the cause of Irish liberty. The state issued a stamp to commemorate their founding and President Higgins attended a State ceremony to mark the centenary of the foundation of the organisation at Glasnevin cemetery.
The picture below is doing the rounds on social media to much amusement and faux outrage. It’s some sort of Sinn Féin tribute to Cumann na mBann. One wonders what kind of public relations and social media geniuses Sinn Féin employ. Last month we had #askadams on twitter which predictably descended into farce for obvious reasons.
Cumann na mBan carried weapons – yes. That’s not the issue. Women that don’t look old enough to get served in a pub and waving replica guns about is not an issue either. They’re renacting, even if the woman with the pistol looks like she is about to carry out the time honoured Sinn Fein/IRA tradition of shooting their victims when they are not looking. It’s not that Cumann namban belong to no party either.
It’s just bad PR. For a party trying to convince voters that they don’t have gunmen, Garda killers and bank robbers in their midst, they do a good job of reminding people that they actually do.
Bonus picture: taken on the way to Sinn Fein candidate conference in Drogheda. Great sense of humour in fairness. Not so great for Sinn Fein/IRA victims.