Timing is everything – redux

The private meeting between Chief Constable Hugh Orde, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and the ubiquitous community representatives, that Chris flagged up earlier, has taken place – BBC report here. But it’s worth noting, and it doesn’t strike me as being a coincidence, that this has happened in a week we have had confirmation that, as well as those accused of the murder of Robert McCartney, the four men charged with the murder of Gerard Devlin – a murder which presaged 18 months of violent attacks in Ballymurphy – will also go to trial. Adds About those community representatives.. or, if you prefer, “those who have influence”, as Hugh Orde has previously said – “I have always said that I will talk to anyone interested in policing.”There’s also an intriguing detail noted in that final BBC report

All four accused had been released on high court bail but Francisco Notorantonio is back in custody after his bail was revoked at his own request.

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  • joeCanuck

    Great photo in the BBC report.

  • Nevin
  • foreign correspondent

    You love this word redux, Pete. What does it mean?

  • Pete Baker


    That paramilitary politics [see added links above] continues to be the modus operandi is not, IMHO, a sign of progress.


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  • Adams suffered quite a bit of verbal abuse outside the meeting by demonstrators from the IRSP. Was just wondering whether or not the IRSP are perhaps looking to gain some new found support as support for policing is still very much a contentious issue within many Republican areas.

  • Nevin

    Pete, it’s all part of a squalid side-deal between governments and paramilitaries. The Pafia strengthen their grip on local communities and police stations are sold off to developers for townhouse development. Roll on 2016 – or 1966 redux …

  • manus sweeny

    ballymurphy used to have a good reputation it will now be forever tainted to me it was very orwellian it reminded me of the final scene in animal farm when the rest of the animals look in the window and see their leader napoleon(gerry adams) walking on two legs and partying with the humans.first i thought sold short now there’s no doubt it’s sold out! i still beleive four legs good two legs bad.