Is there an official silence on the alleged past British plot to have our former taoiseach, Charlie Haughey, assassinated?
One would have assumed that the political and media establishment of this country would be irate, since learning, last week, that MI5 asked the UVF to murder Charlie Haughey in the 1980s.
The release of documents under the 30-year secrecy rule revealed that Britain’s intelligence agency solicited the outlawed Ulster Volunteer Force to kill the democratically elected leader of this country.
But what is equally astonishing is the apathy in this country since this news broke.
The silence of Official Ireland is deafening.
Where is Sinn Féin on the issue?
Where is Fianna Fáil, whose leader’s murder was being planned by a foreign government in 1985?
Does this news mean that the British government was also behind the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974?
So what happened in 1987, after Mr Haughey received a letter from the UVF?
That letter informed Mr Haughey that MI5 had asked them to assassinate him, but they refused, not wanting to be pawns.
The letter also informed Mr Haughey that MI5 provided the UVF with photos and details of his every move, even in his private capacity.
Did the Irish administration complain to Britain’s prime minister, Margaret Thatcher?
Did the government complain to the UN or the EU?
This matter ought to be taken up at the highest levels of the UN and EU now, to see if Britain was supporting terrorism in Ireland, something which the Unionists and some Tories always wrongly accused the Dublin government of doing.
What if these 30-year documents revealed that the top brass of the Irish Army had solicited the Provos to kill Thatcher?
It would have been easy to believe that the UVF were just winding Charlie up, but not so.
Had that been the case, the matter would not have been kept secret for the past 30 years.
It does not say much for our own intelligence services that a plot to kill the Taoiseach only became known when the UFV informed him personally.
The UVF’s decision to refuse MI5’s request was because MI5 wanted the UVF to also admit responsibility for the assassination.
But that would have left the UVF open to a lifelong blackmailing campaign by MI5.
This latest revelation gives credence to the idea of a truth-and-reconciliation commission, which should be set up to deal with the events in this country during the Troubles.
It also serves as a warning that our own political establishment is not up to the task of protecting the people of this country from outside sinister forces, if it failed to protect the leader of this country.