“Recent events also demonstrate why the DUP was right..”

As the Irish Times notes, police remain on high alert following yesterday’s hijackings and security alerts – more details here. Meanwhile another Irish Times report notes the Northern Ireland First Minister, the DUP’s Peter Robinson’s comments

“One should not underestimate the value of the united community response to the dissident republican terrorists,” said Mr Robinson in Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone last night. “Indeed, the PSNI told me that information received from the republican community has played a crucial role in the arrests and charges in connection with both murder incidents. This transformed situation is a positive sign for the future and I welcome it,” he added.

And, in a BBC report

“Recent events also demonstrate why the DUP was right to insist on republican support for the police and the rule of law for those who would be ministers in a Northern Ireland administration before the institutions were re-established,” [Peter Robinson] said. “This was crucial in building institutions which could withstand the challenges of the last few weeks. In the long run this has helped the whole community in Northern Ireland.”

Which is fine.. Now, about those legacy issues..