Time to make hope a reality

The word historic is much over-used and abused by politicians (and journalists), doubly so in relation to the transformations that have taken place in the North since the IRA first declared its ceasefire 11 years ago.

30th July, 2005

The word historic is much over-used and abused by politicians (and journalists), doubly so in relation to the transformations that have taken place in the North since the IRA first declared its ceasefire 11 years ago. But the statement issued last week, declaring the military conflict at an end and ordering IRA volunteers to dump arms, surely deserves the epithet.

The IRA has finally - and belatedly - decided to take the initiative, not making decommissioning...

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