Speaking to Causeway Coast Community Councillor William McCandless said “I am extremely disappointed to see the East Londonderry S.F. MLA calling for the film 66 days to be screened in Coleraine.
The film portrays a Republican terrorist who was a member of PIRA, an organisation which visited terror on the town of Coleraine. Bobby Sands chose to join the IRA. He chose to involve himself in a terrorist campaign. He chose to take his own life. The five people who were caught in the explosion in Railway Road in 1973 and murdered by the IRA did not have a choice.
Mr. Sands’ colleagues made the decision to end the lives of those five people as they did with hundreds of other innocent people. In focussing on Bobby Sands the film makes no mention of the 57 other people, including a number of children, who lost their lives during the 217 day period when 10 terrorists starved themselves to death. My sympathies are with the victims, not the victim makers.
Miss Archibald was not born when Bobby Sands was sacrificed on the altar of Irish Republicanism yet these romantic ideologies continue to be perpetuated. I had hoped that in the decade of remembrance and particularly in this year that a new face in East Londonderry for S.F. would have signified a fresh start not a continuation of the same.”