Quote of the week

“Shit or get off the pot” – that’s the advice given to the IRA by Irish Government Minister Dermot Ahern in an interview in Hot Press magazine[it may be buried in there.. somewhere], as reported by the Irish Examiner which also reports his comments as – The paramilitary outfit should immediately cease all violenceDermot Ahern was more diplomatic when he talked to the Examiner but he’s clearly impatient with foot-dragging that’s taking place –

“We regard (Mr Adams’s) statement as a response to what we said to him in January, when we met him in Government Buildings and said to him and Martin McGuinness that the only two remaining issues were ones only Sinn Féin and the provisional movement could deal with: full decommissioning and an end to criminality.”

However, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern told the Dail yesterday, in response to a question by Labour Party leader Pat Rabbite –

Deputy Rabbitte asked about a reasonable period to await a response. As the process, we are told, is a consultative one which must take place throughout the island and beyond, it will take a few months. I assume that is what we are talking about rather than a period of years. The comments of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform must be viewed in the context of the information that as of last weekend there continues to be training, recruiting and, more worryingly though perhaps not directly related, a cross-over, to say the least, into criminal activities.[emphasis added]

Which would seem to indicate that, while that consultation takes place it remains business as usual for, to use Dermot Ahern’s description, “Sinn Féin and the provisional movement”.