More speculation on IMC report?

Perhaps not.. it follows, mostly, the earlier line.. but I did wonder who the BBC were quoting in the headline of this report.. it seems that they’re quoting one of their own journalists, Vincent Kearney, who has either read the IMC report, before it’s published, or is relying on someone who has – it’s not clear which. But the most interesting point of the apparent leak is on a point the IMC made in their previous report in February.. a point Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuiness was clearly unhappy about at the time.. From the BBC NI’s home affairs correspondent, Vincent Kearney –

In the latest report, to be published this week, the IMC will stand by the claim that not all of the IRA’s weapons were decommissioned.

But, crucially, it will say that the weapons were retained by local IRA units and that the move was not sanctioned by the organisation’s leadership.

That clarification, and the commission’s view that the IRA remains committed to the political process, will be welcomed by the British and Irish governments as they strive to restore the assembly at Stormont.

But unionists, who reacted swiftly to the claim that the IRA had retained weapons, are likely to be much more reticent this time around.

Worthwhile linking some of the posts from the previous discussions on this –

John Grieve on Hearts and Minds

and the flurry of statements which followed the reading of that particular section of the IMC’s 8th report

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  • ingram

    Hi,

    In respect to the Arms issue.

    Either Adams and my mate Martin have control over the Army or they do not. If they do not then the DUP can correctly argue that the leadership of Sinn Fein are not capable or willing to deliver the agreements.

    A Win, Win situation for the DUP. The Onus will then be on the General to make public what Arms were decommissioned so that a full account of the arms currently available to the terrorist community can be assessed by the Intelligence community. The attention and resources of the Intelligence community can then be directed and targetted against those who are working outside the agreement. Very simple.

    The DUP are content, comfortable and appear to have the Republican measure in this process. Contrast the two parties body language.

    Martin

  • JD

    MI,

    Why would anyone trust the ‘Intelligence community’ (I use the world intelligence very loosely), are these the same people, like yourself, that ran unionist death squads for years, that have been reponsible for hundreds of murders, that recruited and destroyed the lives of hundreds of vulnerable young republicans, that conspired to bring down a Government and that told us that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I don’t think so.

  • ingram

    JD,

    The reason whyyou should trust them is look where Republicans are today?

    Not long ago it would have been.

    No contesting elections no taking seats etc.

    Not an ounce not a bullet.

    Decommission , Never.

    We are not criminals.

    We will never go into the police in the North? we shall see.

    We will never take the Queens shilling nor administer British rule in the North of Ireland.

    We will never settle for ANYTHING less than a United Ireland.

    Shall I go on mate? thought so.

    Martin.

    ps. Go on you Gunners.