Provos on the rise while gardai struggle to hold Thin Blue Line - Independent.ie
*I corrected a spelling mistake in the article.Gardai who had been closely involved in the war against the IRA, and their counterparts in the old Royal Ulster Constabulary Special Branch, took a different view. In their work against the IRA, these officers had infiltrated the terrorist group up to senior levels. Various and sometimes dubious methods were used to "turn" IRA members into informants. Some of these gardai and ex-RUC officers privately held the view that the IRA had sold Gen de Chastelain's committee a pup. They believed, based on intelligence sources they had nurtured over the years, that the material that the monitors had seen being destroyed consisted of weapons and equipment that were no longer of use to the IRA, in other words, rubbish. In the rush to welcome Sinn Fein into constitutional politics these warnings west unheeded*. The RUC Special Branch was disbanded and gardai withdrawn from the Border.
The reactiviation of the Provisional IRA is a frightening development. Anti-terrorism operations must be protected from the financial axe.Not far from Beechmount is the family home of the man who is believed to be the head of the re-formed Provisional IRA. He has a considerable republican pedigree.
In recent years this man and former Provisional IRA associates has been planning the relaunch of a new campaign. His re-entry into terrorism has stimulated other former Provisionals to rejoin and become active again.
It is shameful that FF and the British Labour Party turned a blind eye to the continuing activity of the Provos, e.g. the late Mo Mowlam's reference to Provo punishment attacks as "housekeeping".
May God forgive the fools on both sides of the Border who vote for SF.