IRA exists but poses no threat - report

2015-10-20 20:26
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London - An expert report into the current state of the Irish Republican Army and other outlawed Northern Ireland groups has found that the IRA still exist and some members continue to pursue violence and crime, but as an organisation the group poses no threat to peacemaking.

Britain and Northern Ireland parties on Tuesday welcomed the publication of the British government-commissioned report, which weighed evidence provided by anti-terror police and intelligence agencies.

Leaders of Northern Ireland's British Protestant majority had demanded the report as a condition for their continued co-operation with Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party that represents Irish Catholics in the territory's unity government.

Their 8-year-old coalition is under threat of unravelling following an August killing blamed on IRA members. Tuesday's report backed police assessments that individual IRA members committed the slaying.

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