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PEACE, PERFECT PEACE….

By David Vance On April 10th, 2014

Oh my. Say it ain’t true?

One of Sinn Fein’s most senior leadership figures began importing guns to Northern Ireland after the IRA ceasefires and allegedly boasted that one of the weapons was used to murder two policemen, a BBC investigation has revealed. Sean ‘Spike’ Murray, at one time a key figure in the IRA, is now so trusted by the Sinn Fein leadership that just months ago he was one of the party’s negotiators in the Haass talks which considered ‘dealing with the past’.

Yet a Florida gunrunner last night revealed extraordinary detail about how in 1995 Murray allegedly asked him to start sending weapons to the IRA; a process which only ended in 1999 after accomplices were caught and after about 400 guns had been sent to the Province.

So, to recap, a TRUSTED Sinn Fein “negotiator” on “dealing with the past” allegedly imported weapons AFTER the ceasefire and boasted how they were used to murder two Police officers in my local town, Lurgan. Another pesky detail? Securicrat dirty tricks? Meanwhile…here’s Marty….and look how cuddly and nice he is.  Try and forget about RUC officers shot in the back care of HIS IRA. Repeat after me …peace, perfect peace.

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15 Responses to “PEACE, PERFECT PEACE….”

  1. Old news.

    http://sluggerotoole.com/2014/04/09/where-does-guns-and-government-leave-victims-of-the-peace-processs-self-regulation/

  2. Very old news.

  3. True news.

  4. Alleged news.

  5. A fifteen year old story? How anti agreement unionists must pine for the old days.

  6. Nostalgia for the Troubles?

  7. Perhaps. I can hear barrels being scraped from here.

  8. BBC thought this was worth a documentary airing this week. Well done to them.

  9. BBC thought this was worth a documentary airing this week

    Because this Logan guy made allegations of events fifteen years ago?

    Hold the presses.

  10. The allegations may be true, in fact, let us accept them as true for the sake of making a rather simple point – the peace process is imperfect but far better than the deadly troubles that went before.

  11. I wonder if anyone has asked him how this weighs on his conscience?

  12. Keep your friends close, and you enemies closer.

  13. It is a lesson of history that the running down of the IRA in the lead up to the treaty negotiations left Michael Collins in a very poor negotiation position. I imagine it would have been folly from the IRA’s point of view to do anything other than stay ready for action while obviously hoping that day would never come. Not really much of a story in the overall context. The IRA are gone way and the only people who appear to miss them are anti-agreement unionists.

  14. //It is a lesson of history that the running down of the IRA in the lead up to the treaty negotiations left Michael Collins in a very poor negotiation position. //

    I’m not sure what you mean, Simon. Although the IRA had suffered several serious setbacks in the months before the Treaty was signed (in the battle for the Customs House alone it lost practically it’s entire Dublin Brigade), it was not being “run down” by anyone in the Republican movement..
    In any case, the British weren’t aware of how badly they had hit the IRA.

    And it didn’t much matter anyway. In those same few months, British rule over large areas of Ireland had collapsed; the IRA was by then providing the police force and the courts for most of the country; everybody in Ireland – Nationalist, Unionist and British – realised by then that Britain had no choice but to reach a deal with the Irish and the political representatives of the Irish were Sinn Fein.
    Collins had a strong negotiating position, and if he had held out longer, probably would in the end have got something better than the Treaty, at least something good enough to prevent the Republican movement splitting and the resulting Civil War.

  15. at least something good enough to prevent the Republican movement splitting and the resulting Civil War.

    Noel

    What would that settlement have looked like? Partition was a done deal, so what else could have mattered enough to prevent De Valera resorting to arms?

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