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Irish minister welcomes "positive" IMC report
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09:32, September 04, 2008

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An Irish minister welcomed on Wednesday the new report issued by the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) after it was published by the Irish government.

The independent report was commissioned by the Irish and British governments to assess the completion of the transformation of the IRA.

The 19th report concludes that the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Council "is no longer operational or functional" and it has "completely relinquished the leadership and other structures appropriate to a time of armed conflict," adding that the method used to bring this about has been "the standing down of the structures which engaged in the armed campaign."

Dermot Ahern TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, said: "The Government welcomes this report and its conclusions as very positive."

In Ahern's views, "the report demonstrates not only that provisional IRA has gone away, but that it won't be coming back. The IMC could not have been more unequivocal in its conclusion that the provisional movement is now irreversibly locked into following the political path."

He also welcomed the IMC's findings of growing public support for the police in areas where this has historically been lacking.

"I hope that the political parties in the North (Northern Ireland) can now complete the process of devolution by assuming responsibility for policing and justice powers. Such a move would be clearly in the interests of the people they serve and, for my part, I look forward to cooperating fully with the new arrangements," the minister added.


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