Dissidents 'Will Not Destroy Peace'
Dissident republican paramilitaries are destined to fail if they believe they can destroy the Northern Ireland peace process, a leading member of Sinn Fein has said. Martin McGuinness has expressed concern about recent activity by dissident groups amid allegations of Real IRA intelligence gathering at a hospital in west Belfast. Security sources have claimed the Real IRA was using records at the Royal Victoria Hospital to gather intelligence on members of the Policing Board, district policing partnerships, politicians and police officers. Mr McGuinness, the Mid Ulster MP, said there were people inside dissident republican groups who “acknowledge privately to themselves that as military forces they are totally and absolutely ineffective”. “But I believe that some of them harbour the notion that involvement in these type of activities can bring about a collapse of the peace process,” he told BBC Radio Ulster’s Inside Politics programme on Saturday. “And bring about a situation where the IRA will go back to war. I believe that their strategy will fail and will fail miserably.” Full Story