That much I allege.
Now consider this: Frank Kerr (the Newry postman) is dead. So, too, Det Garda Jerry McCabe in Adare, Joseph Rafferty in Dublin and Eamon Collins, who exposed the brutal heart of the Provisionals in Killing Rage, bludgeoned to death in Co Down.
Dead too is Denis Donaldson in Co Donegal and Robert McCartney in Belfast. And now Paul Quinn, conveniently lured across the border into Co Monaghan. These deaths have barely registered on the peace process.
For, somehow, their paths magically crossed that of some IRA bigshot or criminal gang shortly before their demise. And, then as if by magic, up pops the SF leadership to deny republican involvement in such cowardly deeds. Their friends just couldn’t do such a thing, especially as these deaths weren’t officially sanctioned.
That’s it, in a nutshell.
The only thing the so-called republican movement does consistently well on an all-Ireland basis is, seemingly, to take human life with impunity. Its leadership must now deny official involvement. The irony is lost on no-one.