Has the IRA gone away..?

FOR possibly the first time ever, the mainstream republican newspaper An Phoblacht does not carry an Easter message from the IRA. Instead, there’s a Sinn Féin Leadership Easter Statement. Gerry Moriarty considers the significance. In the statement, Sinn Fein makes much of its strategy for achieving a united Ireland, arguing that politics rather than militarism will meet that objective. It is true that the terrorist campaign failed and that the dissident groups are unlikely to do any better. The problem is that it’s difficult to see what the SF political strategy actually is these days. To suggest that this lack of a visible strategy might even be a reason why some are turning to militarism would, of course, be heresy.