It will come as little surprise to Slugger regulars to read about Sinn Fein’s alleged preparations to finally recognise the reformed police service. It was hinted at by a senior party spokesman to Slugger on election day last year. There have been some internal tensions too. The IRA was never equipped,nor by all accounts did enjoy its role as the ‘unofficial police force’. Last February’s (largely unreported) ‘Ballymurphy Pogrom‘ were followed by a concerted campaign against a single family (600 attacks at the last count) that the IRA were either unable or unwilling to bring to an end.
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