Friday 19 October 2018

Dissident republican group Óglaigh na hÉireann suspends 'all armed actions'

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Dissident republican group Óglaigh na hÉireann has announced a ceasefire.

The group - made up of former members of the Provisional IRA - was responsible for dozens of punishment shootings and attacks on security forces.

In 2010, it was responsible for the attempted murder of Catholic police officer Peadar Heffron.

In a statement to the Irish News, the group stated: "at this time the environment is not right for armed conflict.

"Therefore the leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann are announcing that with immediate effect we will suspend all armed actions against the British state."

In April last year, the group hinted that a permanent ceasefire could be on the horizon following the annual Easter commemorations in north Belfast by the Republican Network for Unity (RNU) - widely considered to be the political wing of the Oglaigh na hEireann.

At the event, former national chairperson of the RNU Gary McNally said: "Sticking to handed down narratives and continuing to pursue failed or failing ventures in the hope of remaining relevant is accelerating irrelevancy."

Belfast Telegraph

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