Was the IRA statement just a hissy fit?

It’s clear the IRA’s second statement last week took most people by surprise, seemingly none moreso than Brian Rowan at the time, whose uncustomary loss for words brought to mind for some the night he broke news of the Canary Wharf bombing, which broke the IRA’s first official ceasefire of the peace process era. Here he asks, if the IRA does not intend going back to war, what was it all about?