It is a crucial day in Northern Ireland’s peace process with expectations that international monitors will confirm the IRA has disposed of most of its arsenal.The militant group, which has waged a decades long violent campaign for the reunification of Ireland, committed itself to complete disarmament in July. The independent body monitoring the ceasefires of armed groups in Northern Ireland is headed by Sir John de Chastelain. He is due to release his first report since the IRA’s summer pledge. Politicians and media in the British-ruled province have speculated he will say the IRA has made good on its promise. The IRA has carried out previous acts of disarmament in recent years but this latest was to have been witnessed by Protestant and Catholic clergymen. Whether this will convince majority protestent politicians to return to government with the IRA’s political allies remains to be seen.
IRA disarmament to be confirmed