No, they haven’t gone away – IRA leadership still rules crime world
Provisionals are active and making money from crime
Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30
When is a terrorist no longer a terrorist and, instead, labelled as an 'ordinary' criminal?
It is an issue that has been raised at regular intervals since the Provisional movement declared that its military wing had been disbanded and its vast stockpile of weaponry and explosives decommissioned.
However, in the past, the police on both sides of the border have officially kicked to touch when asked to apportion blame if there were suspicions that former members of the IRA, whatever their current status, could have been involved in an unsolved crime.