“No act of violence will advance the cause of reunification by one millimetre”

In a reported speech on Sunday Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness ducked the opportunity to tell his former comrades-in-arms that he was in the wrong too, preferring instead to stick to his new party approved script.

“But we believe that we are in the countdown to a united Ireland.” [Added quote from a Mid Ulster Observer report]

It’s an improvement on his stated view at the time…

During Martin McGuinness’s early days as head of the IRA’s Derry Brigade in the early 1970s, he is said to have made the city’s center “look as if it had been bombed from the sky without causing the death of a single civilian”; while a decade later he sat on the IRA’s army council while it approved the bombing of the hotel used by the British Cabinet for 1984 Tory Conference and, two years later, he told delegates at a Sinn Fein conference that the party’s “unapologetic support for the right of Irish people to oppose …in arms the British forces of occupation… is a principle… it will never, never, never change, because the war against British rule must continue until freedom is achieved.” [added emphasis]

But as I said in that post

In the interview Danny Morrison also suggests, when asked about the difference between the stated “chief goal” of the Provisional IRA – a united Ireland – and the current situation, that now people “feel that they’re able to look forward to a united Ireland at some stage in the future” and that “in a sense, the guerillas fought and the guerillas are in government”. 

Neither of which points addressed the question.

And leaves another hanging in the air – what happens when that feeling goes away? 

Now that “the guerillas” are “the people in power”…

As I’ve mentioned previously, if “No one in this small, enclosed biosphere ever told them this project was never going to work in the first place…”

It looks like we’re beginning to find out the answer to that question.

And is that “good republican” now also a “dissident republican suspect”?

Both forces have increased surveillance on known dissident republican suspects north and south, including the former Provisional IRA chief of staff Thomas “Slab” Murphy. A Dublin-based newspaper reported that Murphy had been spotted in Trinity College Dublin last week with another man who was taking video images around the campus. Trinity, which is in the heart of central Dublin, is close to where the Queen will pass by during her three-day visit to the Republic next month.