Monday, August 29, 2005


IRA will remain illegal - McDowell

The Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, has said the IRA will continue to be viewed as an illegal organisation, even if it decommissions its arms and ends criminality.

Speaking on RTÉ News, Mr McDowell said the constitution of the IRA was treasonable to the Irish state and it would continue to prosecute people for membership of the organisation.

Mr McDowell said he believed General John de Chastelain would supervise a process where IRA arms were decommissioned in the near future.

McDowell doesn't always get it right but in this instance, he has. The IRA, by their very existence, are a threat and a challenge to the Irish state. We cannot turn a blind eye to an organisation which is an affront to the democratic institutions of the Irish Republic.


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