Victims are just collateral to political progress

The Irish Times reports the sisters of murder victim Robert McCartney as being disappointed after meeting with DUP leader Ian Paisley. According to Catherine, “Everything is falling in place for the political establishment and the people in it, yet people like Robert are just collateral. Victims will just have to live with it.”

“They (republicans) have bound themselves to this code of honour. This is supposed to be some form of litmus test of their attitude to the rule of law but they have failed it miserably by offering no co-operation. It doesn’t appear that situation is going to change. Dr Paisley said that there were difficulties within the republican organisation. Very senior members would have difficulties. But he has said he will continue to push and pressure.”

It’s all fairly tame stuff compared to the aggressive sound bites of last November. Just one person remains charged with his murder. It may be worth keeping an eye on to see if the case actually makes it to court.

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