Thursday 24 August 2017

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

Unfortunately, 20 years after the Provos’ first ceasefire and 10 years after they were supposed to have disarmed, they still haven’t learnt to do the right thing and become civilised citizens
Unfortunately, 20 years after the Provos’ first ceasefire and 10 years after they were supposed to have disarmed, they still haven’t learnt to do the right thing and become civilised citizens
Jim Cusack

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'.

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