Monday 22 January 2018

Martina Devlin: The divided North needs to wrap itself in a flag of a different colour

OPERATION We'll Show You has kept the flagellation issue rumbling into its seventh week now. And that's getting on for seven weeks more than this manipulated bout of civil unrest in the North should have been allowed to continue.

The trouble, orchestrated by gangsters masquerading as loyalist leaders, ought to have been addressed immediately. Because although the rioters are far from articulate and their behaviour is self-destructive, their disengagement with the peace process is genuine.

While there is no sign of the disturbances escalating province-wide, it's in the general interest to negotiate a solution quickly. The rioters are dangerous.

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