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
Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: his unequivocal response to the report provoked anger from Sinn Féin TDs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
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.