The Irish people, North and South have voted overwhelmingly for peace…

Chris Gaskin has a way of getting to the nub of the matter when it comes to Sinn Fein and it’s politics. It’s hardly rocket science, and to be fair it is precisely what Mark Durkan led with on the BBC whilst Sinn Fein was working that 14 hour stint to figure precisely which form of words it was going to use in the wake of the Massereene killings. In essence, whatever his own feelings, he believes his party has crossed the rubicon, and therefore the case is now relatively straightforward:

The people involved in this attack have no support; at least no more than one could fill in a phone box. The Irish people, North and South have voted overwhelmingly for peace. They have voted to unite this country through the ballot box as opposed to the armalite.

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