Sinn Féin refuses to face the 'appalling vista' of prolonged campaign of violence

"Injustices were experienced by Catholics at the time as constituted an existential threat and that young people in particular, as Martin McGuinness has often explained, were prompted to join the IRA to defend their communities"

Eddie Molloy

The duplicity of Sinn Féin's responses to allegations of child sex abuse and kangaroo courts which, up to 2002 at least, carried the menace of a bullet in the head, has led many commentators to suggest that the party is unfit to enter government.