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Monday 23 January 2017

Police forces must decide if Provos are terrorists or just ordinary criminals

Published 21/10/2015 | 00:00

The Northern assessment, based on intelligence from the PSNI and the British security agency, MI5, agrees that the IRA’s leadership structures, including the army council, remain in existence in a reduced form
The Northern assessment, based on intelligence from the PSNI and the British security agency, MI5, agrees that the IRA’s leadership structures, including the army council, remain in existence in a reduced form

After two months of raging controversy, with a fallout that included the destabilisation of Stormont, it all appears now to boil down to a question of definition.

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What constitutes an army council or a military department in a former terrorist organisation that has officially ceased to operate?

When do senior Provisional IRA figures lose their titles, even though they still wield the power they enjoyed over their underlings and their terrified communities?

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