Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD reflects on the 20th anniversary of the historic IRA cessation.
In a statement issued to An Phoblacht the leadership of the IRA announce that as of midnight, August 31 1994, there will be a complete cessation of military operations.
This opportunity must be seized. Nothing should be allowed to undermine it.
Following the IRA's historic announcement of August 31, the Dublin government under Albert Reynolds moved quickly to consolidate this opportunity for peace and invited Gerry Adams and John Hume to government buildings on September 6, 1994 to discuss ways of advancing the peace process.