In a move that shocked Protestants across Northern Ireland and around the world, Free Presbyterian minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Ian Paisley, agreed to his party forming a power-sharing government with Sinn Fein, the Roman Catholic/Marxist party behind the diabolical, murderous Irish Republican Army (IRA). And the coalition government came into being on May 8, 2007, with the devolution of power from London to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Ian Paisley became First Minister in the new government, with Martin McGuiness of Sinn Fein/IRA becoming Deputy First Minister.
Although many, weary of the years of conflict in Northern Ireland, think that this coalition government is actually a good thing, or at least “better than the alternative”, it is not. It is nothing less than an alliance with murderers and terrorists – and such an alliance can never, ever be a good thing. As the Scripture says: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Prov. 29:2). As stated in The Burning Bush, a Protestant newsletter from Northern Ireland: “[Sinn Fein] is a party that still retains the machinery whereby their campaign of terror was carried out. Sinn Fein is still the IRA in political clothes. It is still linked to the IRA ‘Army Council’, which directly oversees the activities of its IRA ‘volunteers’.”  Nothing has changed from the Sinn Fein/IRA side. They are still what they always have been: unrepentant terrorists and murderers. Robert Campbell, of the Voice for Democracy Umbrella Group in Northern Ireland, wrote, “The new pledges they [terrorist-related politicians] may make will not in any way guarantee that they will have forfeited the strategy of the terrorist organisations to which they are intrinsically linked.”  It is the height of foolishness, and utterly irresponsible, for the DUP to trust a single word that comes out of their mouths. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil” (Jer. 13:23). These men have been accustomed to do evil for decades. They have not changed. And unless the Lord intervenes, the Christians of Northern Ireland will tragically experience the truth of Psa. 12:8: “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.”
Let’s take a brief look at history. The island of Ireland was partitioned back in 1921, separating the mainly Protestant North from the predominantly Papist South. The North, known as Northern Ireland, or Ulster, remained part of the United Kingdom, whereas the Irish Free State, or the Republic of Ireland, in the south, was and is an independent country. For decades, Sinn Fein/IRA has fought, via terrorist tactics that have claimed thousands of lives, to force Northern Ireland to break from the UK and be joined to the Republic of Ireland. It has fought for this in direct obedience to its master, the pope of Rome; for the Papacy has always desired a united Ireland, which would be predominantly Papist and which could then annihilate the Protestants of Northern Ireland. “The Vatican had pursued a policy of hostility for decades,” wrote historian Avro Manhattan in Catholic Terror in Ireland. “It had never relented in favoring the aspirations of extreme Irish nationalism. That is why the Catholic Church had given its support to Sinn Fein and the I.R.A. from the very beginning.”  And Ronald Cooke, in The IRA and Ethnic Cleansing in Ulster Today, wrote: “The Roman Catholic clergy… is up to its proverbial ears in the violence in Ulster.”  “The Roman Catholic clergy have done much more than merely give MORAL support to the IRA assassins; they have HELPED the IRA murderers in various ways.”  The documented evidence is overwhelming.
In addition to being an organisation answering to the Vatican, Sinn Fein/IRA is also a Marxist organisation. As far back as 1979, “Reacting to the growing use of socialist sounding rhetoric by Provisional Sinn Fein spokesmen, William Deedes writes in the Daily Telegraph: ‘the Provisional IRA are determined, confident, ruthless and far more ambitious. Their aim is no longer “Brits Out” but as [Gerry] Adams has recently proclaimed quite openly, a Marxist revolution in all Ireland’”.  This is the goal.
With the blessing of the Vatican, Sinn Fein/IRA has used terrorism, over decades, to attempt to cow the Protestant population of Northern Ireland into seeing union with the Republic of Ireland as “inevitable”, even desirable. It constantly advanced the argument that there can be no true peace in Northern Ireland until union is reached. “As everyone knows,” wrote Peter Trumper in Machiavellian Lessons, “these past thirty years the Jesuit brigade in Ulster, Dublin and America has been gradually edging its way towards the goal of a united Ireland, determined to have it at any and all costs, primarily by foul means. The sophisticated Protestant opposition knowing only too well what a united Ireland will do to Protestant culture and to the Gospel of Christ, have been standing firm against the enemies of both – and for years suffering much criticism from everyone, including their brethren and sisters on the British mainland. At the same time, bombs, bullets and banditry have forced the ordinary people to yearn for peace, and most of them are prepared to have it at any price.” 
The Democratic Unionist Party, however, was strongly opposed to a united Ireland, and also to any form of power-sharing with Sinn Fein/IRA in Northern Ireland. It was well known that power-sharing was just the first step; Sinn Fein/IRA would not rest until full union with the South was achieved. And it had the blessing and active co-operation of the mighty Roman Catholic institution. “…[T]he Catholic nationalists of the free Republic [the South] have directed all their energies to the absorption of Northern Ireland in the South. In other words, this means the forcible merging of all Protestants into a Catholic land where the Catholic Church dictates the mode, rule and way of conduct of every individual and institution, including the government. If this should occur, what treatment would be meted out to the Protestants?… The fact that Catholic Ireland is determined to incorporate the Protestant population of Ulster against their expressed will is the most blatant proof that both the Catholic Free State and its mentor, the Catholic Church, DO NOT believe in freedom. This cannot be otherwise since the basic attitude of the Catholic Church will always remain the same. Her goal is freedom for her to exist, expand and destroy others when she is not in a Catholic land. When in a Catholic society, her goal is the complete removal of all freedoms to non-Catholics.” 
Well, on the 8th May, 2007, finally, Sinn Fein/IRA achieved its goal of taking that first step towards total union. But who would ever have thought that it would achieve it with the help of the man who, more than any other in the past, had stood so firmly against it? That man is Ian Paisley. The very man who had always (rightly) refused to talk to Sinn Fein because of its alliance with the IRA! He and his party would castigate those who advocated power-sharing in the past – yet they have now done precisely what they castigated others for attempting to do!
In late March, Paisley sat side by side with Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Fein, to announce the deal to work together in governing Northern Ireland after decades of hostilities. “Today we’ve agreed with Sinn Fein that this date will be Thursday, May 8, 2007,” Paisley said after the meeting. “We must not allow our justified loathing of the horrors and tragedies of the past to become a barrier to creating a better and more stable future for our children.”  Nice-sounding words. But there cannot possibly be a better future for Northern Ireland if it is governed by terrorists and murderers. And this is indeed the case now.