Blair: people must focus on the future

LIke most of the political establishment, Tony Blair is not rushing to conclusions. But he does point to the intriguing element in all of this: the timing.

“The timing of this does suggest that whoever did this wants to derail the peace process. Our response should be to deny them what they want. Sometimes these things can be perpetrated by people in disagreement with their leadership. He added that if the IRA was responsible, it would have “serious implications”. Northern Ireland has changed enormously over the last decade, let`s not throw that away. We cannot stop people on either side engaging in acts of violence, but we can say any political party has to be clean of all this.

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