Wednesday 25 April 2018

McGuinness: 'We know the guns will have to be banjaxed'

Paul Bew traces the development of the IRA's thinking on the need to decommission

There is an important and neglected passage in Sean Duignan's One Spin on the Merry-go-Round. It is the clue to the dramatic decommissioning developments of the past week.

Duignan describes how in October 1994, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness met Albert Reynolds and Dick Spring in the then Taoiseach's office. "Afterwards, Dick Spring and the Taoiseach told me Martin McGuinness spoke frankly about the need to dispose of armaments. I took a note of what they quoted McGuinness as saying: 'We know the guns will have to be banjaxed."'

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