IRA won't apologise to all its victims, says SF
Senior figures in Sinn Fein have dismissed suggestions of an apology from the IRA for all its victims of the Troubles because the Provos are disbanded.
The IRA apologised seven years ago for killing civilians in the North but never for members of the RUC, British army, other security forces or government representatives.
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness linked a newspaper report on a possible apology to talks between the party and members of the unionist community on reconciliation. He also pointed out the IRA was disbanded.
"The IRA has left the stage, so they don't make statements and won't be making one," a source said.
Also last night, it emerged a new cross-border body would be set up soon.
The Inter-Parliamentary Forum is expected to be announced shortly involving equal numbers of TDs and MLAs meeting at Stormont and Leinster House.