The Economist puts its finger on a key problem raised by the IRA’s alleged sponsorhip of the Northern Bank heist: “A police source has suggested that the Belfast bank robbery may have been motivated by the desire to provide a pension fund for redundant gunmen and bombers. That’s a nice idea, because it implies that IRA activity is coming to an end. What worries local is the reverse: that the IRA’s criminal activities will continue in parallel with Sinn Fein’s political activities, and the two sustain each other“.
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