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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Óglaigh na hÉireann ceasefire receives a cautious welcome

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív, trade unionist Peter Bunting and community activist Conal McFeely at the announcement. Photo: PA
Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív, trade unionist Peter Bunting and community activist Conal McFeely at the announcement. Photo: PA
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A ceasefire announcement by dissent group Óglaigh na hÉireann has been cautiously welcome on both sides of the Border.

The group was behind dozens of gun and bomb attacks on security forces in the North and at one point tried to blow up the Co Down-based headquarters of MI5.

Although the announcement means one of the deadliest dissident groups is moving away from violence, other factions - including the New IRA and Continuity IRA - still pose a threat.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said: "There is no place and no justification for violence and I call on all other dissident groups to follow suit. We hope and anticipate that this ceasefire will be proven to be definitive and comprehensive in word and in deed."

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: "The group has announced it is to suspend all actions against the 'British state'.

"However, for years now, members have been heavily involved in extreme violence against people living in their own communities, including carrying out brutal beatings and shootings, as well as menacing acts of intimidation to create fear and control.

"These vicious attacks must also be consigned to the past. It will be deeds that count ultimately, not words."

Irish Independent

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