North's terrorists were state employees in balaclavas
Giving bombers a state pension is simply an acknowledgement of who they were really working for
Gerry Adams wrote a blog post last week in response to Monday's powerful RTE documentary about collusion between state forces in the North and loyalist paramilitaries. In it, he lambasted Britain's purportedly "shameful record on human rights" and criticised the police and army in Northern Ireland for helping what he called "terrorists" to commit murder.
The Sinn Fein President, together with other members of his party, repeated the comments in the Dail on Wednesday, demanding that the Irish Government take a tougher line with London over what its agents had done.
It was interesting that, in the course of doing so, SF representatives made only passing mention of a recent BBC Spotlight programme which made similarly damaging allegations about the infiltration of the republican movement by these same agents of the state, which suggested that the British may have been running far more informers in the IRA than was ever previously imagined, and that IRA members may have been allowed to get away with many murders to preserve their cover.