Difficult days for Sinn Fein and policing…

I WONDER if it’s more than just coincidence that a couple of days after Gerry Adams says the IRA will not be making a return to dealing with crime, that a man is shot in both legs in the Sinn Fein leader’s West Belfast constituency. Since this had become a pretty rare event of late, was this shooting one of the dissident groups sticking two fingers up at Adams for his support for the PSNI? Meanwhile, the Chief Constable has criticised the Policing Board for going ‘a bit tribal’. This seems to be Orde’s response to Sinn Fein claiming the PSNI had not acted on intelligence before the recent murder of a former IRA prisoner, which led to a row last week. Sinn Fein and police are essentially accusing each other of not doing their jobs properly – Orde says he answers “more strategic questions… from my junior officers than I do currently from the Police Board”, while SF’s expectations of policing are not being met in the community it represents.