It's time the Provo facade was subjected to scrutiny
The IRA continue to operate, so it is imperative that politicians and the public stop believing Sinn Fein's lies about the peace process, says Mairia Cahill
No matter how the Chief Constable, George Hamilton, tries to play it down, the assessment from the police during the week that Provisional IRA members were involved in the murder of Kevin McGuigan was a hugely significant moment for Northern Ireland. Mainly, because its recognition of what others have been saying for years.
Those who knew, and who were saying so, like Micheal Martin, were often ridiculed and derided by Sinn Fein; those who knew, and said nothing, allowed the IRA to continue with criminal activity.
Sinn Fein's continued assertion that the "IRA left the stage in 2005" does not wash any longer. Paul Quinn was beaten to death by the IRA in 2007. Sinn Fein members have continued to insist that the IRA was not involved. Their denials over the years about IRA involvement in Colombia, in the Castlereagh break-in, in the Northern Bank, and in the ludicrous assertion over and over that Gerry Adams was not a member of the IRA, means that anything the party says on the IRA would be laughable - if it wasn't so serious.