Sinn Féin and Policing the North

By Tommy McKearney (for Fourthwrite)

Those with experience of Sinn Féin manoeuvring will have recognised recent signs that a policy change is in the air. Look at what has been taking place. GAA stars have been playing football with the PSNI and never a word of rebuke from the Ard Comhairle. Gerry Kelly dropping hints in a Belfast Telegraph interview about the closing gap between his position and that of the British government on acceptable policing. Gerry Adams telling a Yankee audience how much he wants to be able to support the police in the 6 Counties. Have no doubt about it, the party wishes to endorse policing in the north of Ireland and is in the process of persuading its loyal and docile support base that this is something that they too should aspire to.

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