Friday, April 14, 2006

Unequal Treatment 

IRA committed to peace and the political process:
IRA remains committed to ideals of Proclamation

"This Easter marks the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising,
a turning point in the history of Ireland.

Irish republicans remember with pride those who gave their
lives that extraordinary Easter and the leaders executed in
the weeks that followed.

The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann extends solidarity to
the families of all of our patriot dead from every
generation and in particular those from this phase of

We send solidarity greetings to our imprisoned comrades and
their families.

This year we also commemorate the valiant prison Hunger
Strike of 1981. Ten brave men - freedom fighters and
patriots - died. Their legacy and that of Frank Stagg and
Michael Gaughan, lives on and their fortitude and courage
continues to inspire.

Following our statement of July 28 last year, IRA
Volunteers have adhered, in the spirit and the letter, to
the decisions and instructions outlined by the leadership.

We commend the discipline of our Volunteers and salute
their commitment.

The IRA has no responsibility for the tiny number of former
republicans who have embraced criminal activity. They do so
for self-gain. We repudiate this activity and denounce
those involved.

The IRA remains committed to the peace process. Our
decisions and actions of last July and September are proof
of that.

The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann believes that it is
possible to achieve the republican goal of a united Ireland
through the alternative route of purely peaceful and
democratic means

...unlike the loyalists, who are committed to keeping their guns:

As the talking continues inside the group, the organisation has also ruled out imminent decommissioning.

"Quite frankly, decommissioning is not a word that we use in our vocabulary ? It is not on our agenda," the leadership spokesman said.

He said he was speaking "with the full authority of the Brigade Command, the Ulster Volunteer Force".

Asked to clarify his comments on weapons, he said: "I can only speak for now and for the short and medium term."

He said the loyalist war was both "justified" and "legitimate".

"The constitutional integrity of Northern Ireland was under threat.

"The pro-Union population of Northern Ireland were under threat, and this organisation responded commensurate to that level of threat."

The masked spokesman said the UVF was the first organisation "onto the stage" and would be the final organisation to leave it.

He acknowledged the significant developments within the republican movement - the ending of the armed campaign and decommissioning.
Funny how you never hear anything in the media about the loyalist terror groups who have killed almost as many as the IRA, and continue to cause trouble.


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