Changes from December to July

Mark Hennessy looks at the distance it will have travelled between last December and today, if the IRA’s statement is to have any political effect today. In December, “The IRA had been asked to accept the following text by the governments, that recognising ‘the need to uphold and not to endanger anyone’s personal rights and safety, all IRA volunteers have been given specific instructions not to engage in any activity which might thereby endanger the new agreement’.”Forsaking agreed mechanisms Sinn Fein has none of the safety nets previously on the table in December:

Today, the IRA will have to travel on ground it refused to go down last December, but this time without a guarantee that the other parts of the jigsaw so painstakingly constructed then can be made to fall into place.