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28 July 2005

The IRA -- Peace In Our Time ?

Thursday, 28 July, 2005.

FULL TEXT OF THE IRA STATEMENT
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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 (Independent International Commission on Decommissioning) 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."
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15 Comments:

Blogger JulieDee said...

WOW.

11:54 pm  
Anonymous dms said...

See, Bush's Democracy is on the march" campaign is working.

The IRA realized that crazy Bush and his poodle Blair were both nuts enough to bomb the crap out of Ireland--even if the people are white.

What a genious Bush is; what a magnificent strategy he has implemented.

Sorry, I know you Brits think sarcasm is the lowest form of humor, but what can or do you expect from an American?

5:03 am  
Blogger Richard said...

dms,

Sarcasm is my friend, and it sound's like you're one too. Blair, Bush and the IRA are most definitely not.

As for Americans, well, just like the Irish and we Brits, I consider around half of them to be friends.

8:29 am  
Blogger newManifesto said...

lovely blog ... keep on blogging my friend ... my blog will seem all greek to you but i m greek so ... anyway i couldnt agree more with you

11:27 am  
Blogger Richard said...

newmanifesto,

Thanks a lot. I went to visit your blog[s]. I certainly like the look of them [and the links I recognise] but you were right ... it's all Greek to me. :^)

1:37 pm  
Blogger Speechless said...

I can't help being dismayed by the IRA decision, if that's what it is. I'm certainly happy to see an end to violence. Nevertheless the timing of this in relation to the London Bombings the shoot to kill polcies, the disinformation regarding the Brazilian and the bungled reporting on who what & why of suicide bombers adds up to just more of the dirty tricks that were played in the North for years. Has the IRA drunk Tony Blair's Koolaide?

I'm not sure Peace Declarations can bring an end to tribalism. And I don't believe Tony Blair's sanctimonious patronizing tone can do anything to help create real peace.

Still, the siren song of the global economy may finally have won out over local interests.

9:17 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Speechless,
*I'm certainly happy to see an end to violence.

I agree wholeheartedly.

But, certainly can't here.

*I can't help being dismayed by the IRA decision,

9:40 pm  
Blogger Gordon said...

I hope I'm in the half of Yanks you like. To brown-nose you a little bit, I own several Triumphs, a few BSAs, and a Velocette.

If the IRA deal pans out, it will be good for everybody.

11:22 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Seems like you're in 'my' half, Gordon.

1:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard it too many times before. I believe nothing these thugs say. They tormented me for too many winters (don't want to hurt the money train when they visit in the summer)

Maybe Bush's "democracy and freedom" and Blair's "shot first and question later" did scare them.

Where is the Americans who financed these thugs? I wait every day to read about arrest for funding known terrorist in the US press, never happens. Is there two shades of terrorist?

Sandra in the US

2:41 am  
Blogger Richard said...

* Is there two shades of terrorist?

Good question, Sandra. As a metter of fact, I ask a similar one in my latest post: ABC - with them or sgainst them.

1:07 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

I saw some ex time served IRA prisoners interviewed by BBC TV news. They all said the same thing. The IRA forgot about "the struggle" years ago, and they were taken over by gangters. The drug barons and bank robbers etc

I believe all these ex IRA prisoners said, exactly. Old Brit said as much pretty recently, and so have loads of others for years and years now.

5:30 pm  
Anonymous EWI said...

"Still, the siren song of the global economy may finally have won out over local interests."

Global economy? Nothing to do with it. The reaction here in Ireland to this has been a collective shrug - after all, they as much as admitted their war was over seven years ago with the Good Friday Agreement.

1:47 am  
Blogger Richard said...

* The reaction here in Ireland to this has been a collective shrug

EWI, that's exactly the impression I got, too.

12:24 am  
Anonymous Ken said...

white terrorists? who'd have thunk it

10:42 pm  

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