Tyrone GAA Manager, Mickey Harte, has said that the people of Ireland have had “a selective view of the truth” about the Sean Quinn situation fed to them over the last few years.
Speaking at the Rally in Ballyconnell last Sunday, Mr Harte said he had returned for this Rally for a number of reasons, first of which was to prove to detractors that “I’m not delusional”.
“I have come here of my own free will. I have come here because I believe that the Quinn family deserve our support. They have been so supportive of the people over the years,” he told the crowd of over 7,000 people to roars of approval.
Mr Harte said that it was clear that people had only been given a “very selective view of what’s going on”.
“A selective view of the truth if you like. That’s what’s coming through widespread in the media and I haven’t found too many people who will go and dig deeper than that the issues that really matter, that are at the core of this,” he said.
“So maybe people who have indulged themselves in other things could now transfer those skills to another place and come up with a lot of other answers as well,” he said clearly alluding to some of the national media coverage of the Quinn family some of whom had even sunk to critiquing the clothing worn by the wife of Sean Quinn Jnr, during prison visits to her husband.
The GAA manager also criticised those who had attacked those attending previous Quinn Rallies.
“The people who describe us as something not too nice of people, well maybe it’s they have the problem. Maybe they need to look at themselves,” he observed.