Son of Irish Army man killed by Provos in 1983 ‘saddened’ by ‘up the Ra’ chants at Dublin Airport

Families who have been victims of IRA violence have spoken of their “pain” after footage emerged of passengers chanting “Ooh ah up the ‘Ra” at Dublin Airport.

The video surfaced on social media on Saturday. It’s not clear when it was recorded, but one account has 500,000 views.

The clip features people singing along to a portion of the Wolfe Tones song “Celtic Symphony.”

It follows the FAI’s apology after a video showing the Republic of Ireland women’s team singing the same part of the song after beating Scotland to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

David Kelly’s father, Patrick Kelly, a soldier in the Irish Defense Force, was murdered by the IRA in 1983 along with Garda trainee Gary Sheehan. The late Mr. Kelly was the only member of the Republic Defense Forces to die during the riots.

David Kelly said last week had been “difficult” following coverage of the Dublin Airport chant and the Ireland women’s football team.

“I’m perplexed. How did our society get to this point where it has become normal for people to sing pro-IRA songs at our airport in the capital?” he said.

“I’m just very sad about it.”

Mr Kelly had questions for those singing at the airport, adding: “Would they know who my dad is? Would you know who Patrick Kelly is? Or who is Garda Sheehan? Or about what happened when they were both murdered in the forest of Derrada? Do they know and don’t care?”

Jim Gamble is a former RUC officer who now specializes in online security.

He called the footage “disappointing” and is concerned the example will be set for younger generations. He said: “We need to think about what you really want for our young people?

“Can’t we just act like sensible, reasonable adults and treat each other with respect? You can’t deny that this is provocative.”

Kenny Donaldson, from the South East Fermanagh Foundation Victims Group, added: “This is a two-fingered salute to those who have tried to hold accountable the unacceptable pro-IRA chants of the Republic of Ireland women’s national team.”

“Singing such chants is not an expression of being Irish, nor is it any form of expression of defiance, and those who joined in the chanting at Dublin Airport or anywhere else must catch their eye quickly.”

Mr Donaldson also expressed concern that pro-paramilitary chants had gone “mainstream”.

Ann McCabe, the widow of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe, who was killed by the Provisional IRA in 1996, said the video was “disgraceful and hurtful and it’s not what it is to be Irish”.

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport said its “top priority is to keep passengers and staff safe and to run the airport efficiently”.

When asked if the airport would intervene in similar incidents, it said: “In this case, the responsibility for the behavior of the passengers lies solely with the passengers concerned.”

The Gardaí said they were “aware of a video circulating on social media” but had “no reports of any incidents related to the matter”.

Sinn Fein’s press office was contacted for comment, but received no response.

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