“or happen to give a damn about the kind of society we live in..”

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the murder of Emmett Shiels in Londonderry and the court was also told that “tensions were running high [in the city] and the homes of other people arrested in connection with the murder have been attacked.” Meanwhile, in the Irish Times today, Davy Adams draws a sharp comparison between the reaction to this murder and the reactions to the murders of Robert McCartney and Paul Quinn. From the Irish Times article.

Most of us play along with the fiction that republican support for policing and justice is on the same terms as right-thinking citizens.

After all, their spokespeople tell us so often enough, and taking their words rather than the evidence at face value makes for an easier life all around. Except that is, if you happen to be a victim – or happen to give a damn about the kind of society we live in.