Amnesty proposals questioned…

THE Government is to allow suspected IRA fugitives ‘on the run’ back into the UK. However, Alliance’s David Ford isn’t convinced that the IRA will afford people on the run from the IRA the same courtesy.

  • Baluba

    David Ford spotted ‘anomalies’. Oh no. I’m sure they’re all poo-ing themselves.

    This is overdue and a welcome development for the republican community.

    Céad míle fáilte romhaibh ar ais, a dhaoine uaisle.

  • Gonzo


    Do you think people forced out of the country will be given a “céad míle fáilte” if they return home too?

  • Alan

    Well done to David Ford for raising this issue. It is important.

    There are a number of issues that need clarified. The most important being the position of people intimidated from their homes by these organisations. There must be a requirement that organisations whose members or ex-members avail of this make an offer of restitution to those they have intimidated, no matter what their *crimes* may have been.

    There is also the matter of the status of the crime committed. That status should ensure that the crime remains on police books in future regardless of someone claiming to have carried it out.

    If there is to be no cross examination, the onus should be placed on full disclosure by the person admitting to the crime. If it is not, then there will be no chance of families finding out what happened to loved ones. There should be no admission of statements that refuse to name accomplices, or call on the organisational omerta as with McGuinness in the Bloody Sunday enquiry.

    I am concerned that four or five patsys admit to all the crimes committed over the course of the troubles, allowing others to walk away from their responsibilities. If, subsequently, it becomes clear that others not covered by a scheme were also involved, they should be charged, and the person who claimed the action be made to serve their sentence.