The Irish Republican Army no longer poses a paramilitary or criminal threat, according to a report due to published today on the Northern Ireland peace process. The Independent Monitoring Commission is expected to confirm that the IRA has stopped all paramilitary and criminal activity. It is likely to say the IRA does not want to go back to violence and no longer has the capacity to mount a sustained campaign
Speaking ahead of the release of its findings, Britain’s Northern Ireland minister, Peter Hain, said the IRA has changed “irreversibly” from the terror group that fought British rule and is no more considered a danger to security. The report will be used by the British and Irish prime ministers in talks with Northern Ireland’s political parties at a summit this month.
That meeting will take place as a November 24 deadline looms for restoring the power-sharing government. A Belfast based political assembly was set up under the 1998 Good Friday deal between pro-British unionists and pro-Irish nationalists. But the assembly was suspended in 2002 amid a row over spying by the IRA.