Tuesday 21 November 2017

Our Government is taking peace process for granted

Gerry Adams at a press conference on his release. Reuters
Gerry Adams at a press conference on his release. Reuters
Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

THE furore over the arrest and detention of Gerry Adams has abated now that he has been released without charge. Some may be disappointed at the outcome. But they are misguided. The whole affair was a dangerous and pointless exercise, completely at variance with 20 years of strategic conflict resolution by the British and Irish governments with the support of successive US administrations.

It was inevitable that Mr Adams's voluntary co-operation with the PSNI investigation of the McConville murder was going to be controversial. But the manner and timing of his arrest based on questionable taped evidence was, in my opinion, breathtakingly reckless.

What was more worrying however, was the attitude of the Irish Government to these developments. They were quick to come out and dismiss Sinn Fein's claims of "political policing" but rather slow to appreciate the real danger the move posed to the peace and political stability in the North.

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