PSNI figures tally with the IMC’s findings that Loyalist paramilitaries are now responsible for most of the ‘security related’ crime in Northern Ireland. Athough it is important to note that whilst a primary aim of Nationalist strategy was to bring paramilitaries in from the cold, the opposite has largely been true of Unionist strategy: that criminality should be isolated and pursued by the police.
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