The IRA's arsenal

Due to a confidentiality arrangement with the IRA, General John de Chastelain was unable to state publicly how many weapons the organisation put beyond use.

1st October, 2005

Due to a confidentiality arrangement with the IRA, General John de Chastelain was unable to state publicly how many weapons the organisation put beyond use.

However, de Chastelain managed to circumvent skillfully the clause by stating that the weaponry delivered up by the IRA closely matched estimates made by the British and Irish security forces.

Going on previous briefings to the press from the two governments, it is possible to put a rough figure on...

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