Speaking in the Dail, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has stated that “a number of operations that took place during 2004 – not just the Northern Bank robbery – were the work of the IRA, had sanction from the Army Council and would have been known to the political leadership of the IRA”, citing the security assessment by Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy and PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde. However, as RTE reports, he also accepted that, “that meant that Sinn Féin had been negotiating in bad faith during that period”. Having accepted that assessment, as Taoiseach, how long he can wait for those answers remains to be seen.
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