“This crisis would have been easier to manage if we had superseded the Troubles generation”

This, from Malachi O’Doherty is worth clipping, particularly with regard to just how fragile this ‘Fresh Start’ settlement is proving to be:

This crisis would have been easier to manage if we had superseded the Troubles generation and if Sinn Fein, in particular, had not pledged itself to honouring the good name of the IRA at every turn.

Then again, Adams has much to garner from this crisis. He is in trouble in the Dail, where he is hounded by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael for his presumption and his semi-detached commitment to due process.

He is still refusing to name an IRA intermediary who met Austin Stack with him to give him information about the 1980s IRA murder of Mr Stack’s father Brian, a prison officer at Portlaoise.

So, it suits very nicely for him to be presenting himself as the defender of probity and good government.

But we have a problem here.

It is a real dispute over issues of substance, the quality of government and the management of resources. And it is getting deflected into the old channels, by which it can be presented and read as merely sectarian. That should not be allowed to happen.

And it would help if Adams butted out.

It’s worth reading the whole thing.


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