Only threat to the police comes from Loyalists

Concubhar O’Liathan argues that the British government completely over reacted when intelligence material was found at Donaldson’s house. He argues that there were few beneficiaries to that move, except those people who were moved at short notice and at the expense of the public – at a cost he estimates to be at £100 million. He correctly notes that in the time since the Stormont collapse, the only serious gun attacks on police have come from Loyalists demonstrators.

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