Taoiseach demands action from IRA

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said today's statement from Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams must be matched by action from the IRA.

Mr Ahern said: “Mr Adams says that the Republican movement has reached a defining moment.

“He has asked the IRA to initiate internal consultations on the steps they must take as quickly as possible.

“We must obviously await the response of the IRA to this appeal.

“It is vital that the IRA’s consultations be concluded in a timely manner and that everyone will know that the necessary steps have been taken, that they will be adhered to and that the IRA is thus moving on.

“For so many years we have had false dawns and dashed hopes,” the Taoiseach said.

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