According to Suzanne Breen in the Tribune yesterday, they are most likely to be Catriona Ruane, John O’Dowd and Conor Murphy. Ringing the changes for a new generation? Murphy is the only one of those with a past significantly tied to the IRA. Interestingly, she also reports that “the Provisional IRA is considering disbanding its Army Council in an effort to secure Sinn Féin’s peace deal with the DUP”. There’s nothing apparent from the outside that would compell the IRA to make such a move. But if it were to be made before re-engagement, perhaps Devenport’s question was not so stupid after all.
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