McIntyre: intimidation in Derry

This is the first of a series of three articles telling the story of a family in Derry that has been in dispute with local Republican paramilitaries. It’s a bit of a long read, but worth it.

Although Republicans are by no means the worst offenders in terms of intimidation and the use of exclusion orders – the semi state body charged with mediating in such circumstances dealt with over 900 cases in the last year, the majority victims of Loyalist exclusion – this story throws most light on the difficulty Sinn Fein faces in having to straddle the gap between their former revolutionary existence and their coming role as part of government within a new civic dispensation.