‘Doc’ adds a few more ‘tests’…

Looks like Danny’s metaphorical hat is going safe for a while longer. Ian Paisley been stacking on a few extras in advance of the Scottish trip. Gerry Moriarty reports (subs needed):

On alleged IRA criminality, Dr Paisley said, “The multi-million pound empire has to be given up practically and openly. Those involved in the £300 million [ €445 million] empire must be handed over to the police. The ill-gotten gains of crime will be abandoned and law enforcement agencies will be supported in the seizure of these illegal gains.” He also called for the disbandment of the IRA.

“Republicans like all other citizens must submit themselves to the rule of law by the police and courts. That means that the organisation of the IRA must be stood down and abandoned,” he said.

Dr Paisley, who with senior party colleagues also met the Independent Monitoring Commission yesterday to discuss IRA activity, further demanded in the Assembly that those IRA members who refused to abandon criminality should be handed over for prosecution by the PSNI.

“Those republican activists who will not give up crime and are integral to the republican movement in the past must be handed over to the police with available evidence. There are no get out of jail free cards to be handed out to the IRA or any other terrorist organisation,” he said.

Although, none of this tagged as pre-conditions, both major parties seem to stacking up the reasons they might cite if they decide to walk away from a deal.

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  • Mayoman

    Yawn! Anyone surprised? Now, why has nobody picked up on the story that an Irish diplomat has had to leave Belfast because of threats from the UDA? http://www.unison.ie/breakingnews/index.php3?ca=9&si=98663

  • Occasional Commentator

    Handing over the murders of Robert McCartney would do a lot, as I don’t think any republican would deny this was not part of the ‘war’ in any sense.

  • seabhac siulach

    Obviously, from Paisley’s comments the IMC merely refers to individuals formerly attached to the Provos still being involved in crime. Clearly, they give the Provos a clean bill of health as regards ‘criminality’. It is this crumb, of individual crime, that Paisley has now latched on to…in the absence now of every other moth-eaten excuse for refusing to share power…

    “Those republican activists who will not give up crime and are integral to the republican movement in the past must be handed over to the police with available evidence.”

    The PSNI are free to arrest and prosecute anyone now, today, that they know to be involved in crime. It is laughable to suggest that anyone else can make ‘arrests’ and collect ‘evidence’. That is the job solely of any future legitimate police force…

    Paisley says:
    “Republicans like all other citizens must submit themselves to the rule of law by the police and courts. That means that the organisation of the IRA must be stood down and abandoned,”

    What Paisely does not seem to realise is that, once Sinn Fein signs up to policing, and policing powers are devolved to Stormont, it is even possible that a Sinn Fein minister is the minster for justice. Clearly, then they will have ‘submitted’ to the rule of law by the police and the courts. Having any links to ‘criminality’ in such a situation would be impossible and electorally suicidal…so his points do not arise…
    The PIRA is already effectively disbanded (in all but name).

    Where does this 300 million figure come from and talks of an ’empire’? Is the IMC not already saying that there is no longer any centrally controlled ‘criminality’, so therefore, how can there be a criminal ’empire’. It is clear that there is none but that there are known former Republicans still involved in smuggling, etc. Is it these individuals that Paisley is crowning with the title of ’empire’?

    Paradoxically, his comments, may make it more difficult for Sinn Fein, in any future vote, to support policing. How can they if the demands made on them are outrageous and beyond those expected for any other party. Are we expected to wait until Sinn Fein deposit 300 million pounds and dossiers of evidence (of ‘crimes’ that even the IMC nor the PSNI know anything about) before the DUP will even deign to talk to Sinn Fein? Ridiculous…

  • circles

    I always thought the Doc was a subject rather than a citizen.
    Anyway, still waiting for the demand for Adams to shave off his beard and McGuinness to change his name to Doris before the Holy Roller deems them clean.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    A pity Unionism wasn’t this interested in the application of law and order at the start of the Troubles… a great deal of unpleasentness could have been avoided.

  • PaddyReilly

    Handing over the murders of Robert McCartney would do a lot

    Presumably they’re being held in some sort of republican castle? If there was a murder, surely the authorities are free to charge or extradite them?

  • heck

    what’s next? Fenians should wear sash’s and walk down the gervahy road singing “god save the queen”.

    bring on JA

  • McGrath

    I would listen to Mr Paisley if he applied his demands equally across the community. In the meantime a reasonable person can only accept his comments as conjectured bile.

    Next thing, his kid will be telling everyone there is no loyalist criminality, but of course someone would have the tell him the say that.

  • Mick Fealty

    All:

    For those still conjecturing falsely over the nature of British Nationality laws, check out this wikipedia page which, I hope, should straighten out a few our more persistent urban myths.

    We all make mistakes lads, so I’m not lecturing… But can we just pay a bit more attention to detail…

  • aquifer

    How about he requires sectarian petrol bombers to give themselves up to the police.

  • McGrath

    Mike:

    So if you are a +57 year old terrorist born in the Republic of Ireland and you have never held an Irish Passport, then you are a British Subject without citizenship. Whereas the rest of us are British Subjects and Citizens of the UK.

    Whats the relevance? [removed].

  • P O’Neil

    I wouldn’t have espected anything less from the old bastard. Insted of wind and piss, may be he should lead by example….

    Given his position, and neferious contacts, I’m sure he knows who the criminal element are within the UDA, UVF, UFF etc etc. Why does he not pass on their details, and any evidence, to his nearest PSNI Station. Whilst he’s at it why doesn’t he also surrender Ulster Resistances’ weapons cache….

    Hmmmmmmmm, thought not. Coffin dodging hypocrite.