The BBC News is dominated by the raids taking place in Manchester. It would be foolish not to caution people not to jump to conclusions too early, but they are very prominently tying this into the name of the IRA. Kevin Connolly, BBC London’s top man in Ireland: The new front line in the struggle against political violence in Northern Ireland will be the accountant’s desk and the lawyer’s mobile phone, not the fields of south Armagh. Michael McDowell seems intent on the same line.
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