Why is the IRA still NI’s main political focus?

Mark Devenport asks why all the political attention remains on the IRA, when it remains by far the most consistent and ‘well behaved’ of all the local paramilitaries. He comes up with two answers. Firstly, Sinn Fein’s political success has demanded much higher levels of public scrutiny for itself and its sister organisation. And secondly, the IRA’s own refusal to submit to a very limited amount of transparency demanded of it by its political opponents in the DUP around its decommissioning last September.

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