Ian Paisley goes on the offensive over the IRA. Firstly he suggests that John de Chastellaine was ‘misinformed’ as to the extent of IRA weaponry, and goes on to demand that the IRA must be packed away for good before his party will deal with Sinn Fein. As for an inclusive Executive: “It is buried in a Sadducee’s grave… from which there is no resurrection”, as the Irish News has it (subs needed). Then he accuses Tony Blair of encouraging IRA criminality by his government’s offer to restore expenses to Sinn Fein, in the wake of the latest IMC report.
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