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Joe Cahill was a founder member of the Provisional IRA

Joe Cahill was a founder member of the Provisional IRA

Joe Cahill was a founder member of the Provisional IRA

In July 2005, in response to a request from Gerry Adams calling on the Provisional IRA to finally cease its "operations" - over seven years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and 10 years after its first "ceasefire" - the illegal terrorist organisation responsible for the murders of more than half the 3,500-plus victims of the Troubles publicly agreed to an "end to the armed campaign".

The former head of the IRA 'Southern Command" and also Garda informant, Sean O'Callaghan, writing in the Daily Telegraph in 2003, termed the IRA's switch to "purely" political and democratic activity as "waging war by other means".


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