The cost of tackling a handful of Irish Republican terrorists

On this blog and elsewhere I have spent several years arguing that the threat from republican terrorists in Northern Ireland was being systematically downplayed to give a false impression that all in the province was well.

Despite repeated assurances from the Stormont administration that the ‘dissidents’ are only few in number; and a shocking refusal on the part of some media outlets to report some terror incidents over the last couple of years, both now seem to have come to an reluctant acceptance of the true state of affairs.

And that reality is borne out by the request from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for an extra £245m over the next four years to combat ‘dissident’ republican violence.  An extra £61m per year is a huge some of money for a minor problem.  Clearly the number of terrorists involved with these groups, their increasing capability and enhanced reach can no longer be swept under the carpet and dismissed as a little local difficulty.

The breakneck effort to drawdown security forces in Northern Ireland and decommission assets necessary to combat terrorist activity has given the republican groups the space to recruit, train and carry out attacks.  The pandering to IRA/Sinn Fein by the Labour government, which is carrying on under the faux Conservatives, has increased the threat in Northern Ireland and restored a threat to mainland Britain.

Giving us yet another reason not to trust anything the political class say, it is clear weapons we were assured by terrorists and politicians had been put beyond use, under independent scrutiny, are being used having been transferred to these groups by the IRA.  Maybe now the political class will be hauled back into the real world to deliver on the obligations they have failed to fulfil as they engaged in spin and self congratulation. Hopefully not too many more lives will be lost while the security forces try to get hold of what they were instructed to let go of.

11 Responses to “The cost of tackling a handful of Irish Republican terrorists”


  1. 1 Edward Spalton 25/01/2011 at 8:09 pm

    The invisibility of “dissident” republican violence to the British (particularly English) mainstream media is striking. It is as if the politics of Northern Ireland are no longer a mainland concern now that power is devolved. The same is true of the more peaceful politics of Wales and Scotland which might be taking place in Ulan Bator for all the intelligent coverage they get here.

    I have a suspicion that the Northern Irish “dissidents” are used deniably by Sinn Fein/IRA to turn up the heat when it is required. Although the Northern Ireland Assembly is an ambitious job creation programme to keep some very nasty people off the streets, there are not enough jobs for all to keep them in the style to which years of gangster racketeering have accustomed them.

    Come to think of it, the enforced permanent coalition government of Northern Ireland might turn out to be an attractive prospect for our mainland political class, removing a lot of the uncertainty about career prospects and trough space for the snouts.

  2. 2 fraser 25/01/2011 at 8:39 pm

    Another Sham the labour government presided over,the good friday agreement.All those years Blair,Cambell and the labour party mugs lorded their success in bringing “peace” to northern Irland.All those years you see their self congratulatery back patting,it was enough to make you spew.Anyone with half an idea new it was a sham,another sham.

    I’m truly sick of polititians and our political class,and the people who believe the lies and bullshit they churn out.

  3. 3 Martin 25/01/2011 at 10:02 pm

    I aways cynically joked that Use was the anglicised spelling of a little village in Donegal, on the other side of which from the main road was a state-of-the-art Weapons Storage, Repair and Enhancement Facility largely funded by the UK taxpayer. Seems I was right!

  4. 4 Eric Kantona 25/01/2011 at 11:54 pm

    Could you provide some evidence on the following

    1 That Sinn Fein is involved with dissident Republicans. ( the two groupings HATE each other)

    2 That IRA weapons have been passed to dissidents

    3 That life in Northern Ireland HASNT been transformed by the peace process

    This’ll be good……

  5. 5 Autonomous Mind 26/01/2011 at 12:45 am

    1. I didn’t say that. Please can you show me where I said Sinn Fein is involved with dissident republicans? You are building a strawman. I said the pandering to IRA/Sinn Fein by the Labour government, which is carrying on under the faux Conservatives, has increased the threat in Northern Ireland and restored a threat to mainland Britain. Sinn Fein/IRA wanted observation points removed and specialist forces withdrawn and military patrols ended.

    2. ‘Neither MI5 nor the PSNI believe that all IRA weapons were decommissioned’ (link) and the IMC in November 2009 said that ‘There are however now indications that former republican terrorists have as individuals provided services in some instances to dissident republican groups, which even if occasional can significantly add to the threat.’ (link). While in the province I have been told by people from republican areas it was common knowledge that a number of weapons had been passed on. The PSNI and MI5 both know it for fact.

    3. I didn’t say that either. I said the threat from republican terrorists in Northern Ireland was being systematically downplayed to give a false impression that all in the province was well. I did not say life in NI hasn’t been transformed. Are you suggesting that all is well, in spite of the evidence? Building strawmen again I see.

    Perhaps it would help for you to focus on what I write, not what you would like to think I said. Good enough?

  6. 6 Eric Kantona 26/01/2011 at 3:04 am

    “The moment that the very name of Ireland is mentioned, the English seem to bid adieu to common feeling, common prudence, and common sense, and to act with the barbarity of tyrants and the fatuity of idiots”

    -Rev Sydney Smith

  7. 7 jack johnson 26/01/2011 at 4:02 am

    The continued abuse of the indigenous community by the RUC/PSNI is what’s being “swept under the carpet.” This along with planter pogroms is what precipitated the “troubles” and the resurgence of the IRA in the late 1960s (the slaughter, harrassment and torture of non-combatants by “soldiers” in Ballymurphy and Derry didn’t help either).

  8. 8 right_writes 26/01/2011 at 8:28 am

    The funny (peculiar) thing is, that NI could be a template for other parts of these islands, if we don’t get proper democratic representation sometime soon.

    When the ballot box fails, the guns come out to play, along with a good many hot tempers and rebellious yoof.

  9. 9 TomTom 26/01/2011 at 5:21 pm

    The British have a long history of giving terrorists most of what they want. Sinn Fein has gained so much that its Provos can disband and re-form as they did in 1969 when the Official IRA had its Cease Fire.

    This has been the same game wherever and whenever

  10. 10 jack johnson 27/01/2011 at 12:49 am

    The british have a long history of collusion with terrorist in harrassing, torturing, and murdering indigenous non-combatants (see the O’Loan report, Shankhill butchers, etc).


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