Nice work if you can get it
The announcement yesterday follows a report suggesting that the IRA had kept its promise for at least month to abandon violence.
Peter Hain, the Northern Ireland Secretary, said the republican party's £120,000 Stormont Assembly allowances to Sinn Fein would be restored on November 1, despite the Northern Ireland Assembly being in abeyance.
Mr Hain also signalled that he would ask MPs to approve the restoration of £400,000 in allowances to the party's five representatives in the House of Commons later this year, even though they refuse to take their seats.
The allowances were removed to punish the IRA's political wing when the Provisionals were linked to the £26.5 million Northern Bank robbery and the murder of Robert McCartney.
Now isn't that a much easier way to make money rather than have to go out on a cold night and shake down a few small businessmen for a few quid; just sit back, do nothing and old oily Hain sends a cheque over. As long as you didn't have to meet the creep nothing unpleasant about the deal at all.