230 armed gangs in Ulster…

It’s not often I dare read anything in the Sunday Telegraph, but the last paragraph in this piece by Jenny McCartney is worth considering.
There are 230 armed gangs in Ulster: is that peace?

“One message must run right to the heart of any Northern Ireland deal: that every politician – whether republican or loyalist – must make an irreversible end to links with organised crime and paramilitary intimidation. Why? Because while England was wringing its hands last week over the propriety of David Blunkett transferring a government first-class train ticket to his lover, Northern Ireland heard Gerry Adams demand a direct say in policing and justice matters while retaining links with a group that carries out smuggling and armed robbery. And you can call that peace, if you like, but it sure as hell isn’t democracy.”

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