The problem for the Republican movement in this continuing media snowstorm may be how it maintains the ‘legitimacy’ of the IRA. The wholly pejorative term Rafia is fast attaining common international currency. It can only be adding to the fury felt by those still within that organisation who see themselves as wholly politically motivated. It’s not likely to strengthen the hand of the party in any future negotiations with the two governments either. Can we expect to see some limited military action in order to regain the IRA’s ‘good name’?
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