Collusion - old news?
The findings have uncovered clear abuses of power within the former RUC and led many to question how and why the activities were allowed to happen. One informant is alleged to have been involved in the murder of 18 people and yet lived on a 'salary' of £80,000 for his services to Special Branch throughout the past two decades.
Hugh Orde, when speaking a few months ago in Queen's was reluctant to acknowledge or condemn the allegations of collusion but was forced to do so when the findings were made public on Monday.
There have subsequently been calls for Ronnie Flanagan, a former Queen's student, to step down from his position as Chief of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Flanagan was the Chief Inspector of the RUC for six years meaning he was head of the police during some of the time when the collusion is said to have taken place.
What is your opinion on the report? With a seeming reluctance to prosecute due to time, resources and money, do you think the past should be left in the past or is there a need for the perpetrators to be brought to justice? Perhaps you feel this report simply confirms what many already suspected?