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On October 22 Gerry Adams stood in Belfast's historic Conway Mill before a multigenerational audience of Belfast nationalists to confirm a rumor that had been circulating in the city for weeks: that the Irish Republican Army had begun the process of putting "beyond use" its store of handguns, automatic weapons, rocket launchers and explosives under the eye of an independent international body headed by Canada's Gen.
The last time I had a whisper of such paranoia was on my first trip to Ireland some years ago when a friend of mine (an old Sudburian) pointed out a pub that had been blown up a few days earlier by the Irish Republican Army not far from his office in Dublin.
More alarmingly, police recently arrested three accused members of the Irish Republican Army who were allegedly providing training in urban guerrilla tactics to members of Colombia's largest rebel force, the FARC.
Claxton, aged 27, told the court: "The Irish Republican Army was concerned that if money was given to some of the groups, the guns would fall into the hands of people against the peace process.
Trimble's insistence upon the unilateral disarmament of the Provisional Irish Republican Army is one more strategic device designed by this leader to destroy what voters in all of Ireland want.
The accord appeared to be in jeopardy when the new Northern Irish cabinet, elected in June 1998, could not take office because members of Northern Ireland's largest Protestant party, the Ulster Unionist Party, refused to serve alongside members of Sinn Fein until the Irish Republican Army began to disarm itself.
Intermittently, the Irish Republican Army would set off a bomb; Protestant terrorists would murder a Catholic taxi driver; and many of the same politicians who were pretending to want a peaceful settlement did their best to stir up old hostilities with hateful comments and belligerent sectarian parades.
Local police suspect the bombing was carried out by a hard-line breakaway faction of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
Since the Irish Republican Army cease-fire last year, tensions have eased somewhat here between residents and British forces, but the militarization of the region, including regular helicopter surveillance and fortification of bases, has only increased.
The comic-tragic play is set in the tenement slums of Dublin in 1920 amidst guerrilla fighting between the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the Black and Tans of the British police.
The government's decision came after the Irish Republican Army refused to disarm itself, flouting the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement.

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