‘Sicily without the sun’

Even the normally staid Observer, regarded by many Unionists as being too soft on Sinn Féin, joins the ‘tabloid’ feeding frenzy. Today’s leader, Sinn Fein has to renounce crime, addresses the alleged links between Sinn Féin finances and the IRA, making one surprising claim along the way…The Northern Bank robbery and the smashing of an IRA money-laundering racket in the Irish Republic a few days ago demonstrate beyond doubt that the continued existence of the republican movement’s armed wing has become a millstone around the neck of the Sinn Fein leadership. Why, then, do Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness still need an IRA?

Open to discussion, but ….

They are, after all, and this is a matter of record, senior members of that organisation’s ruling body, the Army Council.

Whoa! Matter of record ?

The answer is simple: the IRA funds the republican movement. As well as being able to impose military discipline on members who also belong to Sinn Fein, the IRA can raise millions of pounds through robberies, smuggling, extortion, blackmail. This war chest funds Sinn Fein’s electoral machine.

Again open to discussion… but at least they don’t say it’s “a matter of record”.