The SDLP, PBP and Alliance Party were outraged, with the megalomaniac Naomi Long and her erstwhile lieutenant Stephen Farry particularly vocal in their condemnation.
Such a reaction was, unfortunately, only to be expected. What was unexpected however, and what was deeply worrying, was the reaction of Provisional Sinn Fein.
John Finucane, Provisional SF Member of Parliament for North Belfast took to Twitter to voice his opinion that the NIO should not be meeting with what he termed “armed gangs”.
The hypocrisy in his sentiments is staggering. Members of Mr Finucane’s own family were active members of the Provisional IRA. What was (and is) the Provisional IRA if not an “armed gang”?
Let us not forget that the Provisional republican movement were (and are) involved, not only in violence, but also in smuggling, armed robbery, intimidation, extortion, drug dealing, people trafficking, blackmail, prostitution and kidnapping.
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