“may have caused disaffection among republican supporters..”

Here’s an alternative version of the lines in the IMC report, noted by Mark Devenport, edited [Adds by me] to better reflect reality – and that’s a “matter of fact.”

Today the IMC asserted that the one possible reason for the increase in Continuity IRA and Real IRA activity “may be a perception that the absence of progress on the devolution of justice and policing [blocking of NI Executive meetings by Sinn Féin] has created a political vacuum, or [the Sinn Féin leadership’s failure to deliver on their claims of negotiated commitments to devolving police and justice powers by May 2008] may have caused disaffection among republican supporters, which the dissidents think they may be able to exploit”.