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The IRA never really had need of its huge arsenal of weapons

Published 02/10/2005 | 00:11

SENIOR security sources were satisfied last week that the IRA had, as it said and as had been observed by General de Chastelain and the two clergy men, decommissioned the bulk, if not all, of its "military" equipment. As the General said at his press conference at the start of last week the equipment he observed being decommissioned at a secret venue tallied with the estimate

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SENIOR security sources were satisfied last week that the IRA had, as it said and as had been observed by General de Chastelain and the two clergy men, decommissioned the bulk, if not all, of its "military" equipment. As the General said at his press conference at the start of last week the equipment he observed being decommissioned at a secret venue tallied with the estimate inventories of IRA arms supplied to him by both governments.

Those estimates are well known and consist, in the main, of arms imported into the Republic from Libya between 1985 and 1986 and from Norway in 1984. The Norwegian arms consisted of some 40 Heckler and Koch assault rifles stolen from an Army base.

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