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    Post IRA Standsdown

    >>>>>> FLASH: IRA ORDERS END TO ARMED CAMPAIGN


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    The following is the full text of today's historic statement
    by the Provisional IRA.
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    "The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann has formally ordered an
    end to the armed campaign.

    This will take effect from 4pm this afternoon.

    All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms. All Volunteers
    have been instructed to assist the development of purely
    political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful
    means. Volunteers must not engage in any other activities
    whatsoever.

    The IRA leadership has also authorised our representative to
    engage with the IICD to complete the process to verifiably put
    its arms beyond use in a way which will further enhance public
    confidence and to conclude this as quickly as possible.

    We have invited two independent witnesses, from the Protestant
    and Catholic churches, to testify to this.

    The Army Council took these decisions following an unprecedented
    internal discussion and consultation process with IRA units and
    Volunteers.

    We appreciate the honest and forthright way in which the
    consultation process was carried out and the depth and content
    of the submissions. We are proud of the comradely way in which
    this truly historic discussion was conducted.

    The outcome of our consultations show very strong support among
    IRA Volunteers for the Sinn Fein peace strategy.

    There is also widespread concern about the failure of the two
    governments and the unionists to fully engage in the peace
    process. This has created real difficulties.

    The overwhelming majority of people in Ireland fully support
    this process.

    They and friends of Irish unity throughout the world want to see
    the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

    Notwithstanding these difficulties our decisions have been taken
    to advance our republican and democratic objectives, including
    our goal of a united Ireland. We believe there is now an
    alternative way to achieve this and to end British rule in our
    country.

    It is the responsibility of all Volunteers to show leadership,
    determination and courage. We are very mindful of the sacrifices
    of our patriot dead, those who went to jail, Volunteers, their
    families and the wider republican base. We reiterate our view
    that the armed struggle was entirely legitimate.

    We are conscious that many people suffered in the conflict.
    There is a compelling imperative on all sides to build a just
    and lasting peace.

    The issue of the defence of nationalist and republican
    communities has been raised with us. There is a responsibility
    on society to ensure that there is no re-occurrence of the
    pogroms of 1969 and the early 1970s.

    There is also a universal responsibility to tackle sectarianism
    in all its forms.

    The IRA is fully committed to the goals of Irish unity and
    independence and to building the Republic outlined in the 1916
    Proclamation.

    We call for maximum unity and effort by Irish republicans
    everywhere.

    We are confident that by working together Irish republicans can
    achieve our objectives.

    Every Volunteer is aware of the import of the decisions we have
    taken and all Oglaigh are compelled to fully comply with these
    orders.

    There is now an unprecedented opportunity to utilise the
    considerable energy and goodwill which there is for the peace
    process. This comprehensive series of unparalleled initiatives
    is our contribution to this and to the continued endeavours to
    bring about independence and unity for the people of Ireland."

    P. Oneil

    Perhaps there will be peace in Ireland in our lifetime, who knows maybe even a united Ireland.


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    Interesting...

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=IRA+disarming


    They probably see how the Brits are going after other terrorists, and do not want to end up the same...

    Andy

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    I said after the first London bombings that the IRA would be in the news very soon, just to remind people that beating the **** out of brits is still their job.

    Well, I was half right.
    When I get to hell
    The devil he will say
    "How'd you put my fires out?
    In just one day?"
    I lift my hose up higher and higher
    that's how I do it, I'm a firefighter!

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    Formal this-formal that - what people often fail to take into account is the number of rogue groups at work. Both sides.
    Jacktee

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    "Insert quotation here."

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    Yeah Jack has a point. But even so... it would take balls for a rogue terrorist to attack the Brits any time soon.

    In the words of the great Mr. T: 'I Pitty the FOOL!'
    "There are only two things that i know are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And im not so sure about the former."

    For all the life of me, i cant see a firefighter going to hell. At least not for very long. We would end up putting out all the fires and annoying the devil too much.

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    PATTYV

    I agree with you. You would have to be stupid - realllyyyy stupid to do that now.
    Jacktee

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    I agree with everything you are all saying. But remember the IRA (provo or official) have been bombing mainland England since the early 1920's. Some Hardliners may not want to give up the fight, they will keep fighting for the republic as established in the 1916 procalamation. Some still dont view the Republic's goverment as legit.

    Anyway I am off to vacation first one in three years and first time of since I got back from Iraq. Be safe.

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    But remember the IRA (provo or official) have been bombing mainland England since the early 1920's. Some Hardliners may not want to give up the fight, they will keep fighting for the republic as established in the 1916 procalamation.
    Call a spade a spade.. they are terrorists. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy about the stand down of arms, but the PIRA is no army, no more than any terrorist group anyway!!

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