Deal will come when SF takes Provo boot off Short Strand?

Chris may think it all spin, but Jim Allister was not exactly pulling tightly against the party line this evening. “Ian Paisley did say that he could do certain things, upon delivery. There has be delivery by the Republican movement, tested and proved over a credible period of time. And it is very clear that they haven’t even started the clock on any of this, because they only start the clock whenever they call the Ard Fheis”. Later: “Sinn Fein has stalled, procrastinated, bowled short, and now, quite clearly, they would have to be tested in other ways. Are they going to take the Provo boot off the neck of the people in Short Strand and let them come forward to give evidence in the horrendous killing of Robert McCartney?”

Adds: Check out the second item on the 18.30 Newsline, (Sound file, 7 mins in).

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  • victor scrooge

    I’m born and reared in the Strand, the only boot on the neck of the Strands inhabitants is that of the Loyalists of Belfast and thier cohorts in the RUC/PSNI release that boot and the Strand will be free to go where and when they please.

  • Mick Fealty

    That may or may not be. But the strategic significance of this move (it seems to me) is the so called DUP dissident is not going leave his party on a hook it can’t get off. Arguably Trimble’s single, biggest mistake.

    Paisley has laid out what he needs Sinn Fein to do sign off on power sharing. Naturally enough, Sinn Fein are not going to oblige him with an early answer. What ever else it is, it is full blooded, muscular politics.

    It also brings into question the extent to which this man is the loose cannon many have made him out to.

  • Aaron McDaid

    Convicting Robert McCartney’s killers would be a good way to show (to nationalists and republicans as well as unionists) that SF support justice.

    Those statements given to solicitors by the witnesses at the time mightn’t turn out to be as useless as everyone thinks. Presumably the solicitors would have made sure that the statements were complete and accurate. Therefore, the killers can get their just desserts sooner or later.

  • micky

    There have been many many horrendous killings of short strand residents the vast majority of which where carried out by Loyalists aided and abetted by the RUC, lets release the boot of those with information on ALL the horrendous murders rather than focus on one individual, lets see if Mr Paisley and his cohorts are capable of meeting the challenge and passing the tests he so rigourously sets for Republicans/Nationalists, the Short Strand has within it’s community an RUC fortress which encompasses the whole area, yet Loyalists roamed free on thier killing sprees without fear or hindrance collusion was rife doe’s Paisley remember any of this?

  • francis

    Jim Allister would be better questioning why his fellow party member Sammy Wilson MLA was happy to stand opposite St Matthew’s Church chatting with senior members of the uvf, while its foot soldiers attacked the funeral cortege of a local woman during disturbances in 2002.

    When will the DUP stop using loyalist paramilitaries to do its dirty work on the streets.

  • exuup

    yet Loyalists roamed free on thier killing sprees without fear or hindrance collusion was rife doe’s Paisley remember any of this? –

    Just where were these thousands of killings by loyalists in the short strand – remember SF/IRA killed more catholics than any other group during the troubles , and as for collusion look no further than SF who colluded with the provos to murder, maim and kidnap catholics

  • Henry94

    I think we need to be clear about what an endorsement of policing is and is not. Sinn Fein joining the police board and giving its judgement that nationalists could join and use the service is all it can be.

    Nobody will be taking orders from Sinn Fein about when to go to the police and about what.

    It will be up to the PNSI to live up to the opportunity they may be given to win the confidence of nationalists. That will take a bit of time and getting used to.

  • gobsmacked

    Astonishing Allister makes this statement the same week Mo Courtney was aquitted of murder.

  • circles

    Such touching concern from Allister – my hear bleeds.
    This may be muscular politics Mick – if DUP muscular politics involves copious doses of sickening hypocrisy, playing to your own crowd and not giving a monkeys what SF voters may make of it all (as well as living in blissful ignorance of reality).

    Aaron McD “Convicting Robert McCartney’s killers would be a good way to show (to nationalists and republicans as well as unionists) that SF support justice.” I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick fella – but SF won’t be convicting anybody of anything ever. Maybe you should think about this and rephrase your post.

  • nmc

    Sinn Fein has stalled, procrastinated, bowled short, and now quite clearly they would have to be tested in other ways.

    Does anyone see this as being slightly hypocritical? Coming from the man who’s watchword has been no to every suggestion for the past ten years (at least).

  • Percival

    Its interesting to note that Jim Allister is the only politician who actually still talks about the McCartney’s now – long after the Stoops got their use of them and have abandoned them to their fate – to be swept aside as an uncomfortable inconvenience.

    As for the interview itself, Allister swatted Thompson aside like a fly.