There are double standards - and Sinn Féin's standards
From the moral high ground Mary Lou McDonald declared she wanted the gangsters hunted down, locked up and the keys thrown away.
Gerry Adams described them as "thugs" and said ordinary people "deserved the very best protection from the State and An Garda Síochána".
They rightly questioned whether Garda resources have been sliced too thin and said people were angry and living in fear. But then, buried on page 46 of their manifesto, was the truth according to Sinn Féin: "We will repeal the Offences Against the State Acts."