A question of politics or criminality?

More awkward questions for the Republican movement, this time from Boston:

If it is committed to its stated intention to end military operations, then why is it still planning and pulling off robberies, especially of such magnitude?

Crime specialists say the question underscores the need for the PSNI to alter its approach to the IRA and other paramilitary organizations involved in the 30-year sectarian conflict. In this view, the police need to confront the IRA less as a terrorist organization and more as a Mafia family.

In the twilight era between the end of the conflict and the halting steps toward a future built around a power-sharing government for Catholics and Protestants, the IRA seems to have carved a new path. But critics say the PSNI has been slower to find its way.

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    This article in the Globe carries a health warning at its end: “Globe correspondent Jim Cusack contributed to this report.”

    ‘Nuff said.

  • DessertSpoon

    I can’t believe that people are only working this out now! The IRA, UVF, UDA, Real IRA etc are not freedom fighters or folk heroes they’re criminals, gangsters, & murderers. They should be treated as such and real politicians (not sure we have any in this place) should remove themselves from any association with them.

  • Davros

    I Noticed that OC – same Jim Cusack as writes for the Irish Independent ?

    The “pensions” claim is interesting. Way back in the 30’s de Valera introduced a pension for those who had fought in the “War Of Independence” – the IRA ordered volunteers not to take it, most ignored the order and took it.

  • Davros

    Story also carried in the International Herald Tribune

    The pendulum swings – this reminds me of the universally bad press Unionism and the unionist community received in the late 60’s and Early 70’s.