Saturday 23 September 2017

Smithwick will be seen by unionists as vindication of long-held beliefs

When Queen Elizabeth is in the business of shaking hands with Martin McGuinness, neither of the two governments favours delving back into the past any more than they have to

THE Smithwick inquiry's findings will not generate shock in Northern Ireland, where unionists for years complained that IRA sympathisers were active in various parts of the Republic, particularly in the Dundalk area.

Such complaints long pre-date the 1989 Breen and Buchanan killings, going back to the earliest days of the Troubles. The Smithwick findings will thus be viewed by many unionists as confirmation of a belief firmly held for decades.

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