Amid all the hype of the General Election launch, I picked out Gerry Adams telling the IRA that the way forward "is by building political support for republican and democratic objectives". He did fall short of calling on them to disband, but he is telling them that he needs them to do something to get the peace process moving. Of course Adams also needs them to do something to get his election campaign moving.
The £26million bank raid and the scandalous murder of Robert McCartney have shown the IRA to be a criminal band and I'm sure their activities are hugely unpopular with the voters that Adams needs to be elected. Hopefully, the IRA will respond positively, and not just for Adams' election prospects.
The Northern Ireland peace process has had many false dawns. I am tempted to say it has had more false dawns than Welsh rugby - and look what happened to them this year!