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IRA Statements

This section contains some of the key IRA statements from the announcement of a cessation of military operations in August 1994 up to 2005.

The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann announced on July 28 that we had authorised a representative to engage with the IICD to complete the process to verifiably put arms beyond use. The IRA leadership can now confirm that the process of putting our arms beyond use has been completed.

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The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann has formally ordered an end to the armed campaign. This will take effect from 4pm this afternoon. All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms.

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Following our investigation the IRA leadership, along with the leadership of the Belfast Command, initiated disciplinary proceedings through Court Martial. This was in accordance with IRA Standing Orders. These proceedings were directed only against IRA volunteers. The outcome of the Courts Martial include the dismissal of three volunteers, two of whom were high ranking Volunteers.

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IRA Easter Message 2004

8 April, 2004


Today's issue of An Phoblacht will carry the annual Easter Message from the leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann, printed in full below.

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An Phoblacht today prints in full a statement from the leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

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In a statement this evening the IRA said: "The leadership of the IRA honoured our commitments. Others have not fulfilled theirs. This is totally unacceptable. When we give our word we keep it. We expect others to do the same. Until they do so there can be little prospect of progress on the issues they profess concern about."

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IRA Statement

24 October, 2003


Following the recovery and confirmation of the identity of the remains of Jean McConville we would like to take this opportunity to state our position in relation to those killed and buried by the IRA.

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The IRA has released a groundbreaking statement welcoming the speech made by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this morning, 21 October 2003 saying it accurately reflects their position. The statement, as printed by BBC, is as follows.

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The North's peace process has gathered fresh momentum with the IRA confirming a new move over weapons. In a second statement today, the IRA leadership confirmed that more weapons had been put beyond use.

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The IRA comment on current political developments and outline why they are now making public the statement presented to the two governments on 13 April 2003.

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The IRA make public today, 6th May 2003, the statement which they presented to the Irish and British governments on 13 April outlining their views on recent developments in the peace process.

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IRA announce on April 13 2003 that they have closed on a statement outlining their views on recent developments in the peace process and will now pass it onto the two governments.

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The IRA offers apologies to non-combatants' families and says 'The process of conflict resolution requires the equal acknowledgement of the grief and loss of others. ' July 16th 2002.

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The leadership of the IRA, 8th April 2002, has taken another initiative to put arms beyond use. This follows detailed discussions between our representative and the IICD.

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The IRA leadership announce on 8th August 2001 that they have agreed a scheme with the IICD which will put IRA arms completely and verifiably beyond use.

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The IRA leadership announce on 8th March 2001 that they are to enter into further discussions with the IICD. They said that for this engagement to be successful, the British government must deliver on its obligations.

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The IRA leadership announce on 6 May 2000 that they will initiate a process that will completely and verifiably put IRA arms beyond use.

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The IRA announce the appointment of a representative to enter into discussions with the International Independent Commission on Decommisioning, 2 December 1999

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The leadership of the IRA announce a complete cessation of military operations from 12 midday on Sunday 20 July, 1997.

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"It is with great reluctance that the leadership of the IRA announces that the complete cessation of military operations will end at 6pm on February 9, 1996'

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