“IRA has headbutted the hopes of the people”

Alex Maskey has been involved in dialogue with the Presbyterian Church since the late eighties. However on Hearts and Minds last week, he got something of a slap in the face from the current moderator, when the religious liberal, Ken Newell, told him that “the IRA had stolen the wheels of the [peace] process [through the Northern Bank robbery] and that process is now locked in the sand”. He suggests he’s 95% sure that the IRA conducted the robbery. In reply to Maskey’s complete belief in the IRA’s denial, “if you have no doubt Alex, then you are an extreme fundamentalist!”