THE IRA statement is now out, giving volunteers an order to dump arms – which we expected a number of years ago. The rest is the usual IRA-style statement – you could have written it yourself, it’s so predictable. As we’re watching the breaking news on Sky, there’s a collective shrug in this office. Frankly, no-one really cares what the republican movement says any more, because no-one believes it – it’s what it does that counts from here on in.
UPDATE: PA reports
The IRA today ordered an end to its armed campaign.
A statement by the IRA’s leadership also called on members to dump arms, cease all military activity and to assist in the development of a democratic process through exclusively peaceful means. But the statement said the organisation would not disband as Unionists have