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Jimmy C BS: IRA ends armed campaign (147* d) RE: BS: IRA ends armed campaign 30 Jul 05

The statement from the I.R.A. is very welcome and encouraging, however, there are two sides to every coin and given that the I.R.A. has adhered to their ceasefire since 1998, and given that they have had three successive arms dumpings (all witnessed as per the Good Friday Agreement) and also considring that there has been nothing even coming close to matching their efforts from the loyalist camps,I can guarantee that the loyalist politicians will keep harping about the declaration NOT BEING ENOUGH, NOT BEING CLEAR ENOUGH, NOT BEING THIS AND NOT BEING THAT. In short the declaration from the I.R.A will mean zilch if there is no movement from the loyalists. All we have heard of late is the McCartney murder while three protestants have been killed by loyalists during the past 2 weeks and hardly a word about it. The I.R.A. has taken a major step towards power sharing, thay also have not given up the dream of a United Ireland, but I am sorry to say that in the end, even with a nationalist majority ( when it comes) the guns will have to come out. I know enough loyalists and have been friends with many, I even have some relatives who are loyalists and believe me they will not go into a united Ireland without a fight. They will do all they can to delay power sharing, even if the I.R.A was to disband, they will not willingly sit down with nationalists. I think it is about time for the British Government to lay down the law once and for all to the unionists. Play ball or be left out of the game. However even the longest journey starts with one step and the I.R.A. has taken a mighty stride this week, lets hope it leads to something positive and constructive, so that the next generation of Irish children do not have to go through another thirty odd years of killings and bombings.

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