NI is ‘a back door for people smuggling’

Well before the committee’s final report the environmental and health impacts (diesel acid being one of them) of organised crime in Northern Ireland were in the public domain. But the chairman Patrick Cormack’s comments seem to point to something much darker in human terms: the trafficking of migrants into the UK and the Republic. He went on to blame Sinn Fein for its continuing withdrawal of support for the PSNI in curtailing official countermeasures.

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