Almost as predictable as an IRA statement at this time of year is unionists arguing about what it means. Rusty Nail has helpfully provided a link to the text below along with lots of other links to assorted terrorist cheerleading ramblings and some other stuff. Here is another link to Professor ONeills own comments.
Jim Allister has pointed out that the IRA still seems committed to a united Ireland and criticises those who try to imply otherwise. Sammy Wilson on the other hand found the IRA statement defensive and reports that SF are now trapped in a partitionist settlement.
To be honest Professor ONeills statement does not really say very much which is of course itself interesting. Certainly no mention about any disbandment of the Army Council nor anything else of substance though of course absolutely no evidence of loss of commitment to the cause and, whilst there are words for imprisoned volunteers and the families of deceased volunteers; not a word of remorse for any victims of the said volunteers. No changes there then.
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