The thought of it galls me. The mainstream republican movement however is a much changed one from that of even 10-12 years ago. A large swathe of their support in recent elections has been from people who would have no tangible recollection of the "800 years of crime" visited upon the poor oppressed catholic working class. Even a lot of their up and coming TD's, MLA's, MP's ( eg: Mary Lou MacDonald, Michelle Gildernew) are but young cubs in the grand scheme of things. From what my uneducated grey matter can gather, there is an unease amongst the old guard that those who never saw conflict are dictating the pace of change within the party. I would guess that the selection of the lovely Martina is an attempt to keep the oul hands online with regards the direction of the party. Saying that though, what's the odds of Abu Hamza serving on a local council or a local policing board? No? Why not? Good enough for us, good enough for you.