Sunday 11 December 2016

Shadow of the gunman must be lifted for good

Published 21/10/2015 | 02:30

There can be no tolerance for rackets, where thugs masquerading as republicans, or loyalists, can cream off the rich rewards by exploiting the malign legacy of terrorism
There can be no tolerance for rackets, where thugs masquerading as republicans, or loyalists, can cream off the rich rewards by exploiting the malign legacy of terrorism

Yesterday, two separate reports demonstrated how premature reports of the demise of the IRA truly were. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was concerned about the existence of illegal organisations and command structures in the North, based on an independent report.

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In a separate review in the South, the gardaí also concluded that a significant number of former IRA members have joined dissident groups and that others are involved in criminality for personal gain.

Tánaiste Joan Burton called for the complete ending of paramilitarism, describing it as a "cancer".

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