The IRA disarms

From The Blanket, a “Journal of Protest and Dissent”, their view of the IRA disarming.

It is almost two weeks since the IRA announced a conclusion to its failed campaign to achieve a British declaration of intent to withdraw from Ireland. Despite a resistance that was both robust and ruthless Sinn Fein’s cutting edge was confronted by forces way too superior and was ultimately compelled to settle for a British declaration of intent to stay.

Charlie Haughey once described the Northern state as a failed political entity and as such was irreformable. The campaign of the Provisional IRA was firmly rooted in that logic. Perhaps the Provisional IRA’s most notable achievement lies in having proved itself wrong. Provisional republicanism has emerged as the failed entity and the Northern State is now a permanent feature of our political landscape.