£1bn can't buy off aspirations of republicans
Published 26/10/2009 | 08:00
The description by the British Prime Minister of a "secure Northern Ireland" places a burden on former republicans who now act as Crown ministers to ensure there is no ongoing resistance to the British presence in Ireland.
Costing over £1bn, the transfer of policing and justice powers to Stormont marks a final sell-out of the Provisionals under the Adams and McGuinness leadership.
The onus will be on these former republicans to ensure the aspiration of the Irish people to a new and united Ireland will be crushed by the police and British Army.
However, history teaches us that the British presence in Ireland will be resisted.
The age-old aspiration of the Irish people to national self-determination cannot be crushed - even at the cost of £1bn. There are still true republicans who cannot be bought with British money.
Vice-president, Republican Sinn Fein