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Where are all Spike Murray's mates now?

(Suzanne Breen, Sunday Life)

Sean Spike Murray's friends have been strangely silent following reports that this much heralded 'peace-maker' imported guns later used in IRA murders.

Spike wasn't a man without mates. Loyalist leaders were forever prancing around the peaceline with him.

There's a great photo of Spike and Danny Morrison laughing and joking with the UDA's Jackie McDonald at the John McMichael memorial debate 18 months ago.

And the great and the good were forever backslapping him on discussion panels. Egg on faces now boys?

The cops liked Spike too. Last summer, he attended a PSNI conference in Cardiff on improving community relations.

According to BBC Spotlight's superb documentary, the American and UK authorities had a big fat file on Spike's alleged activities but did nothing.

Two policemen and a dissident republican were apparently killed with the US weapons. That amounts to state collusion in murder.

Nobody should feign surprise. After the Good Friday Agreement, the government turned repeated blind eyes to over 20 IRA killings. "Internal housekeeping" they called it.

Spike Murray was a Sinn Féin negotiator at the Haass talks. Spotlight's revelations, on top of so many other recent scandals, make what passes for justice and democracy here look increasingly shameful.

April 16, 2014
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This article appeared in the April 13, 2014 edition of the Sunday Life.

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