The devil in any story is always in the detail. Lindy McDowell has some telling detail on this one, which involves a grieving father, a bonfire, ‘paramilitary sanction’, and a poor response from the PSNI. She also has some tough questions:
…the Orange Order. Where were they in all this? The bonfires are supposedly about celebrating Orange culture. Not paramilitary maggotry.
Why, then, was there no one on hand from the Order to supervise the bonfire – and to take immediate action in this case?
And, finally, the police. What the hell are the PSNI doing going through ” community liaison channels” before they act?
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