But, as Roy Greenslade argues at the Guardian, there are questions for reporters to ask
Some informed correspondents have been asking questions about this strange situation. But what is required is commitment from more newspapers to force the authorities to act more decisively and effectively.
Similarly, British readers need to be informed, so the popular papers need to start not only reporting events but also sending over reporters and photographers.
I was less than heartened to see the press response to another story that broke on Friday. Nine men were arrested by Irish police – six in Wexford, one Waterford and two in Louth – under Ireland’s offences against the state act.
This was reported the following day by several agencies, including AP and AFP, by Irish papers, such as the Irish Times and the Irish Independent, by the BBC and CNN, and online by only one British daily (the Daily Telegraph).
The story did not appear in the print editions of any London-based Sunday national. But it was reported by the Sunday Times’s Irish edition. It should have been in the British editions.
After all, the authorities have raised the threat level of a dissident attack from moderate to substantial following an MI5 assessment that the dissidents are improving their capabilities, and could even launch attacks in Britain.
It is no small matter, and the press needs to re-engage with the story, not least in terms of the politics of the Northern Ireland Assembly as it goes about its business in the shadow of renewed violence.
Or maybe, as in other circumstances, no-one will raise their voice…