The shock that is supposedly going to come out of the Eames Bradley inquiry into the past may be the extent to which British authorities had inflitrated the Provisional IRA, and the number of atrocities that apparently were allowed to go ahead with the full knowledge of those authorities. Still, in peace time each time a fresh revelation hits the public domain, the collateral damage seems only to fall one way. The question for Sinn Fein strategists is how to get beyond its compromised Northern Irish past towards a viable all island future.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty