Provos could easily switch back to a military footing
The movement has never truly given up the gun and still retains the IRA 'Army Council', writes Jim Cusack
A former senior garda, involved almost all his life in fighting the IRA, outlined a few years ago what he thought the Provisionals' plans for assuming absolute power in Ireland would entail.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, he predicted that the Provos would have finally learned that terrorism generally - and bombs in particular - were no longer on the agenda, lest Sinn Fein lose all its wealthy supporters in the United States.
He pointed to IRA documents that had become public over a decade ago referring to what it termed "TUAS" - "tactical use of unarmed strategy". This, he believed, was what would be the "likely" way forward. They (the IRA), he said, will bring down the power-sharing government in the North, precipitating a crisis and, in parallel, undermining and replacing the existing party political structure in the '26 Counties'.