As a retired police officer I am dismayed to read of a number of recent appointments to public office of people who have been convicted of, or were wanted for, terrorist offences.
No other country in Europe would promote criminals to public office. Indeed if most of these individuals applied for employment to the civil service or the banks their criminal records would disqualify them.
I class myself as a victim having been shot, shot at and blown up during 30 years of service to the community.
If I felt unable to cope and decided to contact the victims commission for help, representatives of the organisation which in the past has tried to kill me would be sitting at the top table armed with my personal details... how farcical is that?
Sinn Fein/DUP are very good at telling us to move on and that we are all benefiting from the peace process. However, to me it seems less like a peace process and more a reward and recognition process for gangsters on both sides.
These appointments are proving to be a slap in the face for all the good people of this country who are suffering from the legacy of the 'Troubles' and who have to stomach those who embarked on a campaign of murder and destruction being rewarded for their part in the 'struggle'.