IRA's momentous decision puts pressure on unionists

Last week's IRA statement has the potential to affect political development on this island as much as Frank Aiken's instruction to volunteers in 1923 to dump arms and so bring the Civil War to an end.

30th July, 2005

Last week's IRA statement has the potential to affect political development on this island as much as Frank Aiken's instruction to volunteers in 1923 to dump arms and so bring the Civil War to an end. It is no accident that Aiken's language is recalled in last Thursday's document.

Nine years later, Aiken was a minister in a Fianna Fáil government led by Eamon de Valera. One of his first official duties was to go to...

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