Thursday 8 December 2016

There can be no peace in North without trust

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

Somewhere north of the Border there must be a hidden green glen that acts as an echo chamber. And it is here where aspiring republicans learn to perfectly parry every charge made against them with a supersonic counter-claim. Thus with the predictability of a metronome there comes a rapid-fire response. As a challenge is made it is met with an immediate riposte, which either deflects or dismisses the accuser.

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Yesterday, once more, as Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was met with further claims that he was an "extremely senior member of the IRA", by a former member, a statement flashed forth from Sinn Féin saying: "Sean O'Callaghan - who made the charge - cannot be taken with any credibility. In order to stay relevant, he makes increasingly outlandish claims about his involvement with the Republican movement. An Garda Síochána have repeatedly dismissed many of his claims and described others as 'highly exaggerated'."

There is nothing "outlandish" about a charge that the most senior republican in the North for generations might also have held a senior post within the IRA. In fact, it is "outlandish" to believe that this might not be possible.

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