‘We’re sorry’ Sinn Fein apologises for IRA murder of Prince Philip’s uncle 40 years on


SINN FEIN leader Mary Lou McDonald has said sorry for the IRA’s murder of Prince Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten in 1979 in landmark apology.

The Sinn Fein has apologised for the IRA’s murder of Prince Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten in 1979. The party’s leader Mary Lou McDonald told Times Radio this morning that the murder of Prince Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten and his 14-year-old grandson was “heartbreaking”. This marks a huge turn in the Sinn Fein’s approach to the murder since Gerry Adams always refused to apologise for the killing.

Times Radio host Tom Newton-Dunn repeated the facts of the IRA murder and asked the Sinn Fein leader: “Would you apologise to Prince Charles for that?”

Ms McDonald told Times Radio: “The armed forces associated with Prince Charles carried out many, many violent actions on our island.

“I can say of course I am sorry that happened. Of course, that is heartbreaking.

“My job is to lead from the front, now, in these times.”

She continued: “It is all our jobs to ensure no other child, no other family, no matter who they are, suffers the same trauma and heartbreak that was all too common on all sides of this island and beyond.”

“I am happy to reiterate that on the weekend that your Queen buried her beloved husband.”

This follows the funeral of Prince Philip in St George’s Chapel on Saturday.

Mr Newton-Dunn later tweeted: “The IRA have apologised for the civilian deaths it caused during the Troubles, but that didn’t include Mountbatten.

“It have always claimed he was a legitimate target.”

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In August 1979, Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by a bomb planted on his fishing boat in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland

The assassination immediately claimed the life of Lord Mountbatten, his 14-year-old grandson and a local 15-year-old boat boy, while another family member died the following day.

The Royal Family is understood to have been left devastated by Lord Mountbatten’s murder, with Prince William understood to have named his youngest child Louis after him.

The IRA later claimed responsibility for Mountbatten’s assassination.

At the time they stated the “bombing was a discriminate act to bring to the attention of the English people the continuing occupation of our country”.


Gerry Adams did shake hands with Prince Charles during the historic visit (Image: GETTY)

The IRA said: “The death of Lord Mountbatten and tributes paid to him will be seen in contrast to the apathy of the British Government and English people to the deaths of over 300 British soldiers and the deaths of Irish men, women and children at the hands of their forces.”

The Countess Mountbatten of Burma was one of the 30 people on the guestlist for Prince Philip’s funeral, handpicked by the Queen.

The 67-year-old Countess, who was also the Duke’s carriage driving partner, was present to represent her husband, the Earl of Mountbatten of Burma, who is unwell and unable to attend.

The British peer is the grandson of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the 1st Earl of Burma, a British Royal Navy officer and statesman who was Prince Philip’s Uncle.

In 2015, Prince Philip’s son, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla paid an emotional visit to the site of Lord Mountbatten’s death.

During the same trip, then-leader of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams failed to apologise to Prince Charles for the death of his great-uncle.

The Sinn Fein leader said he stands over his comments that the royal “knew the danger” he was in by coming to Ireland.

However, Mr Adams did shake hands with Prince Charles during the historic visit.


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