Via Newshound. Interesting view-point from Kevin Myers on The Process and the ‘price of peace’. Room too for some archival links – on Gerry Adams, armed struggle was necessary, MI5 and the back-channel, and the US government’s role in the latter part of that Process. Read the whole thing.
For the peace process was solely about ensuring the IRA never bombed London again; and as far as MI5 – the prime movers of the peace process – was concerned, the corruption of Northern Irish political life was a small price to pay.