- 24 Feb 05
The recent arrest of eight republican activists marks a hugely significant watershed in recent Irish history.
As I write there is a major froth building around the arrest of seven people – no, eight – and the discovery of a large amount of cash by the Garda Síochána. It is a mark of the excitement engendered that even Ian Paisley Junior could scarce forebear to cheer the Irish police force. Coupled with the furore over the murder of Robert McCartney, allegedly by IRA elements, it marks a hugely significant watershed in recent Irish history.