Calling time on the Armed Struggle?

Anthony McIntrye outlines the reason he believes Blair’s speech gives the IRA a way to wind-down, if not disband the organisation, in last week’s Observer.

“Blair has offered them a way out. By calling not for its disbandment but for ‘the continuing existence of the IRA as an active paramilitary organisation’ to cease, he has permitted the IRA certain ‘wriggle room’.”