Mairtin O Muilleoir in yesterday’s Daily Ireland with a fairly unambiguous call for the IRA leave the field of play and allow Sinn Féin to continue to make its political gains at it’s previous pace.
Nothing is sacred, no group is above the democratic voice of the people. That’s why nationalists who made the war possible understand that the people’s army must make way for the people’s party. The benefits are there to be grabbed. A bigger mandate for Sinn Féin, nationalist hands on the levers of power, a chance to really make change happen.
While the IRA continues to exist, republicans are fielding two teams. Now’s the time for people of immense talent and skill to take their position with the starting fifteen. Who can say that Sinn Féin ever engaged in the political field and didn’t come out ahead? If the IRA ceases to be, it will liberate the embattled peace process, invigorate nationalists and republicans, put unionists on the back foot and focus minds on the only political show in town: fighting peacefully and democratically to secure the bridgehead of the Good Friday Agreement.
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