Good reviews for the IRA in the wake of yesterday’s IMC report. The Republic’s Justice Minister, one of their toughest critics, said it was “honouring its pledge to stay away from terrorist activity, training and targeting”. Peter Robinson’s remark is also noteable for it’s measure and precision: “the IRA’s transition into an exclusively peaceful organisation was not yet complete, since its command structure was needed to maintain discipline”. A short statement that could cut several ways!
Update: DUP now have Robinson’s statement in full.
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