IRA passing baton back to Sinn Féin?

Martin Mansergh in the Irish Times (subs needed) argues that IRA decomissioning, following the statement that it was committing itself to a peaceful, democratic path is a major landmark for this island and finally redresses the “dreadful act of responsibility” by the surving members of the Second Dáil.

“For more than 80 years, since the war of independence, successive Irish governments have wanted the IRA to go away. Eamon de Valera, in the 1930s worried about the guns still in their hands. In 1938, in a dreadful act of irresponsibility, surviving members of the Second Dáil, then no longer in Leinster House, abdicated such political legitimacy as they possessed to the IRA,” he says.

While not expecting DUP leader Ian Paisley to accept such a “radical step” as enough, Mansergh believes “it is best to let the new reality, in which the IRA has, in an astonishing reversal from 1938, handed back the baton to Sinn Féin, gradually sink in”.

  • aquifer

    What baton would this be now Martin? and which IRA?

    The only legitimate batons around these days belong to the Garda Siochana and the PSNI.

  • Jimmy_Sands

    The important thing is that they both stop using it.

  • Brian

    Does anybody really care what Paisleyites think. Why not operate on the assumption that they comprise of sub-human Orange bigots, hillbillies, unemployable beer-bellied thugs and Unionist terrorists. Then we can take it from there.

  • aquifer

    I tend to assume they are god’s calvinist elect, put on this earth to keep the romanists down and to lead infidels to righteous martyrdom. That way I can make some sense of their politics.