Stephen Collins: IRA report is huge blow for Sinn Féin’s political ambitions

Micheál Martin’s response has put paid once and for all to talk of coalition

Politicians of all parties can no longer turn a blind eye to the role of the IRA army council in the politics of the Republic now that the issue is out in the open thanks to a British government report.

It has never been a secret that the army council is the body that oversees “both PIRA and Sinn Féin with an overarching strategy”, in the words of the report, but it is something many politicians and commentators found it convenient to ignore.

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