Good will barrel now empty?

Malachi O’Doherty believes that Sinn Fein has outrun all the patience of it’s opponents/future partners. It has no where left to go. “The harm is in Gerry Adams not having seen that it matters whether he is surrounded by louts or not. The harm is – and it’s clear now – that he doesn’t actually have the judgement that it takes to complete a peace process. Someone else will do it or it won’t be done”.

  • Davros

    I must say , I found the first cartoon to be in very poor taste in light of what happened outside that pub. I’m surprised at them.

  • Occasional Commenter

    Good point Davros.

    Anyway, back to the article, I don’t think the IRA would disband just because Gerry Adams or Sinn Fein told them to.

  • aquifer

    There is a banal truth behind all of this. If Gerry settled and tried to disband the IRA he or others would be likely to be shot by some of his own.

    Gerry needs the state to close the IRA down for him, and the state should oblige.

    Similarly, political parties with their identities tied up in ethnic conflict cannot bear the responsibility of concluding any one settlement. The governments must do it for them now, with provision for a further review, of course, to spare party blushes.

  • Jacko

    Mick
    Goodwill is all one word, as is nowhere.
    You would never get away with such sloppy writing in the real world of journalism.
    Unless, of course, you were with the Sunday World.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  • Mick Fealty

    Jacko, first draft of history and all that. Besides surely you are discarding the real heros of big journalism, the subs!

  • spirit-level

    It will take a man of vision like collins to appear on the scene and get things going again.
    Not till after the election methinks.

  • Occasional Commenter

    aquifer said:
    > Gerry needs the state to close the IRA
    > down for him, and the state should oblige.

    I don’t think the Government(s) going for all out military defeat will work either. The IRA will only go away by it’s own choosing, and I don’t think that’ll happen unless the nationalist/republican community feels the time is right. If Gerry really wants the IRA to go away, perhaps he wants SF to be hammered in the next election?

  • Davros

    I don’t think the Government(s) going for all out military defeat will work either.

    I don’t think that’s what is meant. They aren’t militarily active.

  • Occasional Commenter

    How else could the state close down the IRA? Do you mean the police go after the methods the IRA uses to fund itself?

  • Davros

    How else could the state close down the IRA? Do you mean the police go after the methods the IRA uses to fund itself?

    By putting non-military pressure on them.

  • Jacko

    Mick
    Of course I am.