New Old IRA?
When British Queen Elizabeth II made a “historic” visit to Northern Ireland and even shook hands with former militant Martin McGuinness, who had allegedly killed her relative, it seemed that the Irish Republican Army remained forever in the past. However, on the eve of the Olympic Games terrorists presented an unpleasant surprise to the Queen.
Three of the four terrorist organizations of Northern Ireland announced their merger in order to revive the Irish Republican Army (IRA). It will consist of several hundreds of armed militants of the Real IRA, the Republican Action Against Drug movement (RAAD, operating in the city of Derry), the coalition of independent armed groups (so-called “Republican nonconformists”) and small groups in Belfast and in the countryside. Only the Continuity IRA will remain independent.
This information, together with the statement of intention to intensify terrorist attacks was delivered to a journalist of British newspaper The Guardian at a secret meeting, held at the Irish border. The members of the new association assert that they “act together and under the unified leadership.” “In recent years the establishment of free and independent Ireland was delayed and eventually failed due to refusal of the leaders of the nationalist movement to struggle,” the statement said. Probably, it goes about the former leader of the “old” IRA, the above-mentioned Martin McGuinness, who chose a peaceful political process, established Sinn Fein party and was appointed deputy prime minister of Northern Ireland.