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Irish Official Says Sinn Fein Leaders Knew of Robbery

The decade-long peace process in Northern Ireland has been built in part on the tacit agreement of its main sponsors, the British and Irish governments, to ignore the link between Sinn Fein, the legal political party representing a majority of the province’s Catholics, and the outlawed Irish Republican Army. But the theft of more than $45 million from a bank here in December, which police blame on the paramilitary IRA, has shattered that understanding. On Monday, Ireland’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, Justice Minister Michael McDowell, declared for a second day running that Sinn Fein’s political leaders were also the top leaders of the IRA, and he insisted it was up to them to somehow restore faith in the damaged peace process.Full Story

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