The North: Arms Dumps and Loyalist Feud

The focus now switches to conquering the logistical problems of destroying the IRA's arsenal, writes Declan Power.

6th August, 2005

As the DUP begins to resemble King Canute trying to order back the tide, British prime minister Tony Blair is busy dismantling the North's remaining overt security apparatus.

By doing so, Blair is increasing the pressure on the IRA to get on with the business of decommissioning.

Decommissioning is as much about deactivating warlike mindsets as it is about putting weapons beyond use. By putting its arsenal in mothballs following the Good FridayAgreement, the IRA...

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