Will Stakeknife bring the house down?

By this time next week we should know the shape of the Stakeknife investigation. Already, there has been one delay in the announcement. It had been expected today (Thursday June 2). The waiting is for the new political members of the Policing Board to be in place. Those nominations have now been made: DUP 4…

‘It’s the South, stupid’ – by Colm Dore

Might Ms. Villiers’s paramilitary report be an attempt to control the rise of Sinn Fein in the South of Ireland, safe in the knowledge that Peter Robinson is already under control? Most commentary on the report evokes maps of Northern Ireland which depict a six-county island, bounded by cliffs around Armagh and Tyrone. It is…

The Butterfly Effect – By Colm Dore 

  The Bobby Storey arrest episode is “the most destabilising thing to happen to Unionism since partition”. It has supplanted the IRA ceasefire, earning Jim Molyneaux’s famous description of that event. Mike Nesbitt, a nuke in a china shop, recklessly risked the Belfast Agreement for short-term party advantage. He released historical forces which he appears…

The next stretch to save the politics – by Brian Rowan

  “Sometimes when you’re living through history you don’t see it.” The words above were spoken by the former RTE correspondent Charlie Bird at a Feile an Phobail event last night. We were discussing the ceasefires of 1994 – first the statement from the IRA and then the response from the Combined Loyalist Military Command.…

The growth of Sinn Féin & subversive forces – by Colm Dore

    As Sinn Féin grows in popularity in the South, a subversive element is increasingly revealed, but not one that SF’s detractors have in mind. In the wake of the local and European elections, Colm Keena, in ‘The Irish Times’ (June 11th), warns that it is ‘a great risk’ to believe Gerry Adams’s ‘stated allegiance…

What is the alternative to sacrificing the McConville family in the interest of ‘the greater good?’ – asks Eamonn Mallie

    Despite the thousands and thousands of words written and spoken about the arrest of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams no one asked the critical question: should justice for the orphaned McConville family of 1972 be sacrificed in the interest of permanent peace for the children yet unborn? Of the IRA Gerry Adams said: “while…