“but the structures should be stood down..”

A report on the UTV news website points to a recent article by the NI Executive’s First Minister, and DUP leader, Ian Paisley in The House Magazine. As the report mentions, the article, dated Monday 15th October, was written before the killing of Paul Quinn, or any other incidents, occurred.

While republicans have pledged their commitment to law and order, the Army Council of the Provisional IRA (PIRA) continues to exist. The removal of this structure would be a confidence boost, not only to the Unionist community, but to all the people of this United Kingdom.

We welcome the recent report from the Independent Monitoring Commission, which revealed that PIRA has abandoned violence, but the structures should be stood down. All paramilitary structures, whether loyalist or republican, must be removed from our society.

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