Blair: IRA need not disband

Tony Blair has given his blessing to the idea, floated earlier by Bertie Ahern, that the IRA does not have to disband. He said: “What is important is that the Republican movement pursues its aims by exclusively democratic and peaceful means, and that means an end to all violence and all preparations for violence”.

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