Sinn Fein leader apologises for 1979 IRA killing of Lord Mountbatten

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. [EPA-EFE/AIDAN CRAWLEY]

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she was “sorry” the IRA killed Lord Mountbatten in 1979, a day after the funeral of Lord Mountbatten’s nephew, Prince Phillip.

“The [British] army … carried out many, many violent actions on our island. And I can say, of course, I am sorry that that happened,” McDonald told Britain’s Times Radio when she was asked if she would personally apologise to Prince Charles for the attack.

“Of course, that is heartbreaking. My job, and I think that Prince Charles and others would absolutely appreciate this, my job is to lead from the front, now, in these times. I have an absolute commitment and responsibility to make sure that no family faces that again. And I am happy to reiterate that on the weekend that your queen buried her beloved husband,” she added.

Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed when an IRA bomb detonated aboard his boat off the West of Ireland coast in 1979. Also killed were Mountbatten’s 14-year-old grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull; the boy’s grandmother, Lady Doreen Brabourne; and 15-year-old Paul Maxwell. (Paula Kenny |

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