Martin McGuinness argues that because the IMC was an add on to the Belfast Agreement its conclusions on the existence and extent of IRA criminal activity can be set aside. He also sets aside the wider perception that Sinn Fein walked away from the deal over the relatively trivial issue of photographic verification of decommissioning, and lays the blame at the feet of the DUP.
…in conjunction with the DUP’s refusal to do a deal this side of a British general election there seems to be a belief within the Irish government that they have the luxury to attack Sinn Fein now and some sort of deal will be resurrected after the British election.
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