and Republicans joining policing is dominating
all our minds. To no surprise the motion proposed
by Sinn Fein's Ard Comhairle was supported by
over 90% of the grassroots.
is policing a bridge too far? Is it a complete
sell out of our Republican ideals?
friend of mine said to me the other day, if we
forced the British government out of our country
with armed force, one of our biggest problems
was they were leaving behind an armed and sectarian
force which is the RUC. Do we ignore policing
or do we get involved? By ignoring policing are
we leaving a repressive and sectarian police force
solely in the hands of our enemies?
am giving my thoughts from Dublin so I don't have
as much authority to speak on this matter as someone
who has actually lost a loved one to the RUC.
It is a massive and courageous decision for them.
If I lost a loved one to this police force maybe
I would be thinking differently.
let me explain my position. The area I am from
in Dublin is over-run with anti-social behaviour
and has one of the highest rates of gangland killings
in Ireland. If you put a proposal to my community,
giving them a say and some control over policing
they would welcome it with open arms.
not to say we will all of a sudden become part
of this repressive police force. For example,
a young lad from Crumlin, John Maloney junior
was detained in Rathfarnham police station, less
than an hour after his release he was found unconscious
and later died in hospital. John's body was covered
in bruises. However, the police denied they ever
family have tried their best to seek answers and
sustain a campaign for justice. If our community
had a say or some control over the police we would
not endorse this. The exact opposite, we would
condemn and exert pressure as a community on the
police to have an inquest into his death. It would
be the same anywhere in Ireland.
In the coming months we could be in a totally
different position. We could be dealing with a
new Prime Minister in London, possible Gordon
Brown. I don't know too much about him. But, we
could also be dealing with a Kenny/Rabbitte Dublin
government. We all know exactly what they are
like because they have been in government before.
It was the Labour/Fine Gael government that formed
the heavy gang and also introduced media censorship
will give you a quote which I think explains my