Police need to produce evidence

Jimmy Burns in the FT says that British and Irish officials recognise the need for police to produce evidence to back up their allegations in the next few weeks. However this is likely to be problematic. Much of the activity associated with the heist took place in a committed Republican area, and as the Oversight commissioner notes in his latest report, there is no support for the police in such communities. Ergo, the police face a demand for evidence that can probably only arise from a community, represented democratically by Sinn Fein, which does not currently support the police. A nasty Catch 22.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty