So, to clarify. Here’s BBC confirming that the Secretary of State saying the #ShinnersList scheme is over:
“No letters have been issued by the NIO since December 2012… and as far as this government is concerned, the scheme is over,” she said.
“If, at any time, we had been presented with a scheme that amounted to immunity, exemption or amnesty from prosecution … implied or otherwise … we would have stopped it immediately.”
To provide a hint of what this might mean in practice, the last written question lodged on this matter by Sinn Fein in the Oireachtas was in July 2012.
The scheme is over, in the sense that all the letters are done and out with the concerned individuals. Not quite what Ian Paisley was projecting tonight on the The View.
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