In light of the government assessment of the IRA, I find myself reflecting on the interview Mr Colin Cramphorn, who was Acting Chief Constable in Northern Ireland in the past, gave to the Yorkshire Evening Post in 2005, with reference to the IRA.
He stated that “a whole lot of men have invested their whole lives in illegal armed conflict, bomb-making and terror”.
He added: “This is the most sophisticated, politically strategic organisation I know.
“It is a global business, it runs like clockwork and it has pensions to pay loyal volunteers and operatives who have given long service.”
He predicted that Ireland, as a whole, shall become like Sicily with self-policing by gangsters, and it now looks as if this is the position we find ourselves in.