Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has reacted angrily to a new BBC Documentary that suggests the majority of Catholics in the province are embarrassed by their former support of the IRA.
A former Provisional IRA leader from Londonderry and the MP for the Mid Ulster constituency, McGuinness made the comments after watching an advance screening of a Panorama special due to air in two weeks.
"What people are forgetting" explained the Sin Fein politician "Is that there were more pubs, shops, buildings and such like that we didn't bomb than those that we did! Some people seem to be overreacting here and have forgotten about the Friday meat raffles Brigade Commanders used to organise. Seems to me people are forgetting about the joints of lamb and beef, not to mention the pork chops we used to put up as prizes."
He didn't stop there.
"What about the millions of fellow Irishmen and women we didn't maim or kill? You don't see people talking about them, just the ones that we did, it is very one-sided. Anyway, it is all in the past but to say they were embarrassed by the RA? Please! Our Christmas parties, our trips to Bangor, and I have to say, didn't we have a lovely day, the day we went? The face painting competitions where kids would paint balaclavas on their faces, the pin an IED on a passing Land Rover games we set up, the murals, we brightened the place up.......it seems people have short memories."