Kevin Myers: Criminal gangs are winning as political classes keep mouths shut
Excuse me, but what precisely is going on? Last Saturday, authority over an entire estate in Dublin was yielded to a terrorist organisation, while gardai watched on.
A paramilitary funeral was allowed to proceed unhindered. Men in uniform accompanied the tricolour-draped coffin, marching to orders. A volley of shots was fired. Scores of men in white shirts and black ties led the funeral procession.
On one of the hottest days of the year, dozens of people turned up with umbrellas to shield the IRA firing party from gardai. The 32-County Sovereignty Movement might not yet have control over the island of Ireland, but by God it had control over Donaghmede on Saturday, and that's a useful start.