Orde: threat to Sinn Fein is real…

Hugh Orde doesn’t explicitly confirm the increased level of threat Sinn Fein claims its leadership is under, but merely comments, “I don’t think they are wrong”. He notes there are some who simply cannot countenance deciding Northern Ireland’s future under the consent principle:

“Because of where the leadership wants to take their organisation, which is down a political and an entirely proper route towards a debate on the future of the island of Ireland, there are people who don’t want that to happen. They’d far rather do what they’ve done in the past, which is violence.”

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