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Eilis O'Hanlon: Deadly silence puts Sinn Fein on the spot

They may not have known the full extent of what he did when he was, by his own admission, a senior IRA activist, but those who voted for Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis in Dublin North West at the last election would hardly have been under the impression that he spent those years twiddling his thumbs.

So does it really matter that secret papers from the British embassy in Washington, revealed under the 30-year rule, have now claimed that Ellis was forensically linked to 50 murders in the North and the Republic?

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