People on the border know that brutal law of the Provos is a constant
On February 19, the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan sent a letter to Sinn Féin's Pádraig MacLochlainn, stating there was no intelligence to support the claim "the Provisional IRA still maintains its military structure and confines its criminal activities to fuel-laundering, cigarette-smuggling and counterfeiting".
Within minutes of receiving this letter, Sinn Féin posted it on its 'An Phoblacht' website and widely distributed it to the Irish media.
There is likely to be a less eager response from Sinn Féin to the report published yesterday by the Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers.
There is a major division of opinion between MI5 and the PSNI on one hand and An Garda Síochána on the other. This divergence on the existence of the Provisional IRA does not support the constantly repeated refrain from both governments that co-operation between the two police forces on this island is "excellent".
Both sides seemed to have fallen down very badly on dealing with the massive organised criminal organisation that the IRA has become since calling its terrorist "cessations" - it never used the word "ceasefire".
There is very real fear of the IRA in areas like south Armagh and west Belfast.
It explains why no one is prepared to come forward and give evidence about the IRA and its continuing crimes.
This explains why the garda investigation into the animalistic murder of the innocent young man Paul Quinn, or the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, met with a wall of silence.
It explains why no one is prepared to stand up publicly in south Armagh and denounce the evil practice of dumping toxic waste from diesel 'washing' into the local water supply.
Not one single senior figure has ever been brought before a court in relation to this.
The reason is simple. Everyone living in that area knows who is the law.
It's the Provos - and their law is brutal.