Friday April 3, 2020

IRA's rigidity will make decommissioning easier

The job of General John de Chastelain, Andrew Sens and Tauna Niemimen the three men who are to oversee IRA decommissioning has been made easier by the tight rein the organisation has kept on its arsenal.

3rd September, 2005

The Taoiseach has said he expects the process to start this month. It is impossible to put an exact figure on the amount of IRA weapons and explosives in existence. Most estimates by Irish and British security personnel reckon IRA members had access to more than 1,000 revolvers and assault rifles and two tonnes of Semtex explosives.

In recent months the IRA leadership has attempted to ensure that weapons are not left in the hands of...

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