Curious story here;
THE absence of custodial sentences for fuel fraudsters in the past decade and the ongoing illicit trade in south Armagh is the “price of peace”, according to a south Armagh pastor. Barrie Halliday from Bessbrook Five Mile Hill Pentecostal Church was speaking after the head of HM Revenue and Customs revealed that nobody had been jailed in Northern Ireland for fuel fraud in the past 10 years, with suspended sentences being handed out instead.
This is not a surprise. The fuel fraudsters are republican “untouchables” who must not go to jail.
Mr Halliday says he has previously attempted to mediate a ‘peace process’ settlement between the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and 15 south Armagh fuel smuggling families in the interests of what he said would be peace and stability.
Huh? I know Barry but do not understand what this means. He should not be “mediating” any such thing. Fuel Smuggling families in South Armagh SHOULD be subject to the full weight of the law but that should be enforced by HMRC and the Police, not Pastors.