Sinn Fein policing and undercover soldiers

Yesterday Sinn Fein’s national chairperson Declan Kearney addressed a gathering to commemorate two IRA members Henry Hogan and Declan Martin who were killed in a gun battle by the army in Dunloy in 1984. As Jim Allister has already noted, during the course of his remarks Kearney stated: “Nor is there any acceptable role for British military forces in today’s six counties. Sinn Féin will not accept the reintroduction of any British military presence or activity; be it undercover, or otherwise.” The problem is that the intervention of undercover army personal seems to have been instrumental in apprehending the “militarist factions” (SF speak for dissidents) who intended to murder a police officer in Garrison. This statement alongside those I mentioned previously by both Maskey and Adams condemning the introduction of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment do lead to the question. Which does Sinn Fein prefer: having specialist soldiers to help the police where necessary or having dissident terrorists able to attempt to murder police officers? After the murder of Constable Carroll some suggested that Sinn Fein has crossed a Rubicon: at the time I demurred. Whilst Martin McGuinness may claim he no longer want police officers murdered his party seems to oppose measures to protect them. That does make gaining unionist confidence for the devolution of policing and justice even more unlikely.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    And, as to be fair to you, I think you inched towards saying in another post, this of course bears out the Punt’s long-game strategy.

    For what little it’s worth, the least bad outcome to political ‘progress’ in the Province would be if the Provos signed up for politics and meant it. This should never have effaced their terrible crimes, and there should have been a very real reckoning for them, but that pass was sold long ago by Trimble and his serial incompetence and weakness. We are where we are, and were Sinn Fein stupid enough to now throw away the gains gifted them by Trimble, it would be a distinct silver lining (accepting all the while there is no sincerity whatsoever in their supposed, miraculous conversion to peaceful, constitutional, democratic politics).

    A welcome sign of maturity would be if all shades of Unionism, from the TUV to the UUP and Conservatives, and of course including the DUP itself, stopped sniping at other bits of Unionism, for crapulent, fractional positional advantage. There’s a bigger picture here, and if the very worst people in these islands are about to make, from their own standpoint, a colossal political error, we should all be kind enough to let them go ahead and do that.

  • Trev

    The very last thing Sinn Fein wants is an effective response by the police to violence by their past-and-future-friends.

    The shinners are back in their comfort zone: threatening up at Stormont; cheering dead trash at Dunloy whilst airing their inexhaustible supply of ‘securocrat’ and ‘political police’ bogeymen whinges.

    Verbiage such as ‘traitors to Ireland’ was not meant to be outworked in dead terrorists, no matter how murderous their assaults may be. Sticks and stones and all that.

  • fair_deal

    Turgon

    As it is your part of the world and considering the cross border nature of those charged is there any suggestion that the SRR were working on both sides of the border?

  • joeCanuck

    Fair Deal,
    I think that would be a “bridge too far” for now.
    However, I can tell you from my own and extended family’s experience, having been raised in a border area, that there is now excellent cooperation between the Garda and the PSNI.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    joeCanuck: “However, I can tell you from my own and extended family’s experience, having been raised in a border area, that there is now excellent cooperation between the Garda and the PSNI. ”

    Sure, but do they actually enforce the law? They certainly seem to more interested in public relations than law enforcement north of the border.

  • joeCanuck

    Dread,
    Depends on which laws you are thinking of. In my Family’s case, the murderer of my sister-in-law is now well ensconced behind bars, trial and appeals successfully concluded.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    joeCanuck: “Depends on which laws you are thinking of. In my Family’s case, the murderer of my sister-in-law is now well ensconced behind bars, trial and appeals successfully concluded.”

    Ah, “ordinary decent crime,” so to speak, as if there were anything of the sort.

    A pity they can’t manage the same for politically-minded criminals.