On 10th May 1998 just after the Belfast Agreement, Gerry Adams told his party’s Ard Fheis that “The IRA has made it clear that it will not surrender its weapons”. And Danny Morrison as recently as 2001 felt confident enough to state “…there will never, ever, be IRA decommissioning, an IRA surrender.” Throughout however, one consistent voice of dissent has been Anthony McIntyre, who now reflects on the significance decommissioning in the wake of Monday’s press conference.
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