'Why not legalise the IRA?' - Jonathan Powell comments spark row #BBCNolan #NolanLIVE

Oct 15, 2015, 09:00 AM

"I don't think it matters whether the IRA has gone away. Why not legalise it?" That's what Jonathan Powell, one of the key peace process negotiators told last night's Nolan Live show. He was Tony Blair's Chief of Staff at Downing Street. And he's arguing that it doesn't matter that paramilitary organisations still exist, if they have stopped violence and crime. And he's even floating this idea of them being legalised. Stephen got reaction from TUV's Jim Allister, political blogger commentator Colm Dore, ex Alliance MLA Seamus Close and we took your calls