Given Pete’s thoroughgoing analysis, and the criticism the DUP has made of the IMC’s surprising inability to say who or from which quarter Denis Donaldson’s killer came, it’s worth remembering that although both the DUP and Sinn Fein have taken whatever political advantage the international body has handed them, neither of the significant players in Northern Ireland have ever recognised its role. It certainly seems to have incentivised otherwise unaccountable paramilitaries to wind down criminal activity, even if its own sources are just as unaccountable.
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