Blair: Republicans must end criminality…

Today is crunch day? Well that’s Gerry Adams’ fear. It looks like he’s going into the meeting to try and head off the IMC report at the pass. Over at yesterday’s Downing Street lobby briefing the PMOS refered to the very real progress between the time of the Assembly Elections and last December, but that “there could be no deal with Republicans unless all criminal and paramilitary activities stopped”.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    I would love to be a fly on the wall at this meeting. The issue of ongoing criminal activity, especially associated with politicians has to stop.
    Gerry should warn Ahern that actions by the likes of his erstwhile colleagues Burke and Lawlor will not be tolerated and FF faces isolation on such issues.

    Personally I find it hard to believe that Ahern was unaware of the rampant criminality that ran the length and breadth of the FF organisation in Dublin. Surely nothing would have happened without him knowing about it.

  • Mick Fealty

    Pat, have you got a world exclusive? Tell all!

    I’d certainly agree about the idea of being a fly on the wall. But I doubt very much if either man is going to be open about what actually went on afterwards, unless one of them is prepared to unilaterally up the ante!

  • Henry94

    If Burke was a one off it would be OK but O’Flynn Haughey and many others were at it. Bertie said he had been up every tree in north Dublin but could find no evidence against Burke.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Sorry Mick no exclusive just a play on how it is easy to interchange chatacters around certain issues. Very much tongue in cheek.

  • cg

    The Brown envelope brigade aren’t criminals in Bertie’s eyes but some poor woman doing the double to provide for her family is.

    Socialism indeed

  • mickhall



    Would it not just be great if instead of all the spin, one of them came out of this meeting with a black eye. Ah I forgot they are Statesmen.

  • cgmoron

    The bottom line is that within every democratic society there is a need for law and order. There is no place in any society for private armies to run riot while their political wing denies all. The recent robbery of the Ulster Bank is quite a worrying development.
    One question that has been ignored is – What are these funds to be used for? Another question that republicans need to ask themselves is How long b4 they are shown up for exactly what they are?
    It does not take a rocket scientist to work out that at some stage people will begin to call the party leadership to account.
    While unemployment and social injustice still thrive in republican strongholds. The leadership continue to build Mansions for themselves in Donegal. Has anyone ever read animal farm? Intersting parallels!

  • Pat Mc Larnon


    the recent robbery at the Ulster Bank is indeed worrying as they don’t seem to have realised it has happened yet.

  • aquifer

    Never mind the penalising the Provos, they would just plead crucifiction (sic) or somesuch. How about rewarding some democrats. Paying for some full-time local councillors to grow some talent for the assembly. The money in democratic politics is chickenfeed compared to that in burocracies, media, or commerce. Victorian aldermen were the bigshots of their day, but who would be attracted to a councillors job nowadays?