It seems incredible that two murders of former IRA men in Belfast backstreets could tip the Stormont Assembly into chaos.
Let’s backtrack a little to see if we can understand what went on.
FACTS: May 5th 2015 Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison, 47, was shot in Belfast by a person unknown for reasons unknown. He was a grandfather and “a high-profile community worker who devoted much of his time to those living in the Markets”. A member of a well-known republican family, he was for some time one of the IRA’s most senior commanders in Belfast. He was allegedly implicated in the murder of Robert McCartney, but was never charged.
SPECULATION: Police did not believe dissident republicans or loyalist paramilitaries were behind the attack.
Query: So who was the killer?And what was the motive?
(Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 14-8-2015)
FACTS: 12th August 2015 Mr Kevin Mc Guigan was murdered in Belfast. He had been shot in the ankles and arms in a “punishment” attack some years previously.
SPECULATION: Jock Davison was behind the attack.
One IRA prisoner who knew him wrote:
“Kevin had a quiet manner although others felt there was a violent energy there.Kevin who firmly believed he was hard-done-by was still no shrinking violet when it came to settling up. He was livid that he had been shot. He blamed Jock Davison and felt that he had been treated most unfairly, that personality clashes rather anything substantive had selected him for assault.
He never spoke about physical revenge, more a case of exposing people to the harsh light of publicity”.
FACTS: 13th August 2015 First Minister Peter Robinson, DUP leader, immediately said there would be repercussions if it was found that the Provisional IRA was involved in the Mc Guigan murder.
He said Sinn Fein could not remain in government if the evidence pointed to IRA involvement.
He said the DUP would speak to the PSNI to seek answers about the killing.
FACT 20th August 2015: PSNI Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: “A major line of enquiry for this investigation is that members of the Provisional IRA were involved in this murder.”
FACT 22nd August 2015: The Chief Constable of the PSNI speculated about provisional IRA involvement,
The Provisional IRA still exists but is not engaged in terrorism
FACTS: Both statements from senior PSNI officers precipitated a political crisis in the Stormont Assembly.
is asking some questions :
1. Why did the Chief Constable say that the IRA was now engaged in solely peaceful activity and then that it was IRA members who killed Kevin McGuigan?
2. Why did Michael Nesbitt and Peter Robinson seize on the second part of the Chief Constable’s statement and ignore the first part?
3. Are courts going to be dissolved and all verdicts of guilt or innocence placed in the hands of the Chief Constable?
Other questions are emerging.
Why has no journalist pointed up the central contradiction of ‘The IRA is peaceful/The IRA killed Kevin McGuigan’ in the Chief Constable’s statement?
Where’s the evidence for his assertions?
If Chief Constable was so sure who was responsible why has he not arrested the culprit?
If he said what he did without evidence, isn’t he guilty of unwarranted interference in the political process?
Bearing all that info and those questions in mind so you can decide for yourselves here’s this evening’s Saturday Night Film