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Provos on sidelines still a queasy reality

Chief Constable George Hamilton was straight into analysis over the Kevin McGuigan murder after the requisite mission statement – ongoing investigation, wouldn’t compromise or jeopardise by unnecessary comment
Fionnuala O'Connor
The war ended the wrong way for a variety of people, many opposed for none too attractive reasons. No wonder the peace was a surly one. This time though, because we’re so far down the line, it is less easy to discount the thrown-up hands, the disgust. It is possible to believe that a form of modified, reduced IRA has helped to hold off renewed violence. It is harder to maintain the case that a petty, pretend legislature is the mainstay of peace. Stormont has been a money-pit for the under-performing and the self-important, defiantly non-transparent, not least an arena for ultra-[...]
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