Sinn Féin leaders said they were disappointed that Lord Ivar Mountbatten was killed by the IRA following the funeral of Prince Edinburgh.
Republican President Mary Lou Barebone said the death of the Duke’s uncle in 1979 was “painful” and that it was her responsibility to “lead head-on.”
Her comments expressed regret over the assassination, but important from her predecessor Gerry Adams, who refused to withdraw his claim that Sir Mountbatten knew the risks of traveling to Ireland. It represents a change.
Sir Mountbatten was killed on vacation in his summer villa Classyborn Castle in 1979.
His boat was blown up by the IRA using a bomb placed on the ship. The explosion also killed the Count’s daughter, 83-year-old mother-in-law, Lady Doreen Brabourne, his 14-year-old grandson Nicholas Knatchbull, and 14-year-old Paul Maxwell from Enniskillen’s Kirin Ah.
The IRA claimed that Sir Mountbatten was a legitimate target.
But when asked if he would apologize to Prince of Wales for the death of his great uncle, Ms. McDonald told Times Radio:
“Of course I’m sorry, but that’s a pain. It’s my job. I’m sure Prince Charles will be delighted with this. My job is to lead this era head-on.
“I want to ensure that no matter who the other children or family are, they will not suffer from the same trauma and broken heart that was very common on all sides of the island and beyond. I believe it’s all our work.
“I have an absolute responsibility to ensure that my family never faces it again. I would like to reiterate that your Queen buried her beloved husband over the weekend.”
Six years after Adams met Prince Charles at a historic conference at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Sir Mountbatten claimed to support his comment that he “knew the danger.”
After that, Adams said: “Both he and we have expressed our regret for what has happened since 1968.
“The fact that we had a common idea and the meeting was held was clearly a big deal for him and a big deal for us.
“He and his family were hurt by Irish republican behavior and suffered great losses. I am very aware of this and the sad loss of the Maxwell family, whose son Paul was killed in Malamoa. Thanks to all involved, including Charles, for their patience. “
But when asked about his previous comments on Lord Ivar Mountbatten, he added: I’m not one of those engaged in revisionism. Thankfully, the war is over. “