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'Provo leaders should wake up to the truth'


Carrie Twomey • Irish News, 23 November 2006

I completely agree with Jim Gibney when he writes ("Some republicans sowing seeds of confusion", 16/11/06) that among republicans there is "...concern also that a group of individuals who live among us and claim to be republicans fighting for Irish independence have degenerated to the level where they would turn their minds to such dastardly deeds."

Having lived under threat from so-called republicans in the wake of the Provisional IRA's murder of Joe O'Connor six years ago, I am very familiar with that concern. Gibney looks to South Africa for examples of this happening. I am writing to say that Gibney need not look that far, nor does he need to look to the loyalists for his examples of organizations being used to serve the interests of "securocrats" - surely he needed only to look to his own think-tank for that and spot the late Denis Donaldson. No doubt groups like the CIRA and RIRA are, as Gibney claims, "vulnerable to infiltration", or "that British intelligence agents manipulated" them. They are most certainly not alone in this, as Scappaticci, undetected for decades and shamefully covered up for by the likes of Gibney and his co-horts, most graphically illustrates.

Mr Gibney suggests that this alleged threat — which, if real, should be condemned — "stems from desperation engendered by failure". If failure is a motivating factor in republican organizations issuing threats of violence against other republicans, as Mr Gibney seems to be writing, I would again find myself agreeing with him. It could then be argued that the failure of the Provisional IRA to secure any of their stated goals, namely the withdrawal of the British from Ireland, and their subsequent acceptance of everything they once stood against, is a motivating factor in their use of violence and threats of violence against other republicans.

I also agree 100% with Mr Gibney when he writes that this alleged threat against the Sinn Fein leadership should be seen as a wake-up call. Perhaps it will wake up those in that leadership to the patronizing idiocy of the barefaced lies they consistently tell. I won't hold my breath, though.










































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