Henry McDonald believes it’s a gaffe by the IRA and indicates they are rattled. He thinks the first casulty will be Joe Reilly, their candidate in the Co Meath by election on Friday. For good measure, he told Five Live that just last night a former Officer Commanding of the IRA (one of those mentioned in tonight’s statement) in Belfast had to leave a city centre bar when he heard that a gang of criminals were on their way to attack him.
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