Fw: Flash: IRA to make historic statement
- Jim Mackle
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Preparations are underway for a landmark statement by the Provisional
IRA, announcing an end its armed struggle for a united Ireland and
agreeing to turn to political methods.
New-York businessman Niall O'Dowd, who said he had been briefed on the
contents of the statement, described it as "a truly historic moment in
The statement is a response to an appeal to the IRA by Sinn Fein
President Gerry Adams, who called for the IRA to move into a new mode
so that the struggle could be "taken forward by other means".
Mr Adams asked the IRA: "Can you take courageous initiatives which
will achieve your aims by purely political and democratic activity?"
It is hoped the move will end a lengthy deadlock in the Irish peace
process. Ian Paisley's DUP, now the largest unionist party in the
North, has refused to share power with Sinn Fein or even hold talks
with the party.
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness is travelling to the U.S., where he will
meet Irish-American politicians and activists to discuss the latest
O'Dowd, speaking to the New York Times last night, said "It is the
first time since the founding of the Irish state that the I.R.A. has
agreed that there should be no armed struggle.
"Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have taken an armed revolutionary
movement and succeeded in placing it on a political path. Irish
history is littered with people such as Michael Collins, who tried to
do the same and failed."
Barring last-minute delays, the statement is expected to be published
tonight or tomorrow.
* Irish Republican News will be providing up-to-minute coverage of the
statement and other developments as they unfold.
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