The Guardian quotes liberally from Ed Moloney’s analysis on Morning Ireland the other day. He relfects the thoughts of many, when he suggested that, “the hard core of activists are 10 years older than when the [ceasefire] process started. The will to fight has eroded. Politically the situation is very different.” “.However she also notes that its ongoing existence is dragging its political credentials through the mud:
In Northern Ireland’s landscape of over 100 criminal gangs – many linked to loyalist and republican paramilitaries – the IRA is estimated by the media to receive between £5m and £8m a year from organised crime. It was blamed for the recent £1m robbery of a south Belfast cash and carry, and a £1m raid on a cigarette warehouse last year.
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