Mark Durkan has raised the political stakes by suggesting that the IRA orchestrated riots in the Markets area in order to cover a clean up operation after the McCartney murder and prevent the PSNI from carrying out a house to house search operation.
Indeed he goes futher, in suggesting that at the time, Sinn Fein also provided political cover for the riots themselves:
“There are contrived riots which are then covered by Sinn Fein spokespersons who arrive to condemn the police. Mr McCartney’s killers are being protected by their position in the IRA and some have worked as bodyguards for Sinn Fein politicians.”
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