IRA arms move 'largest yet'
The IRA has disposed of the largest consignment of its weapons so far, the head of the international decommissioning body, General John de Chastelain, has said. The retired Canadian general confirmed a third act of decommissioning had taken place after briefing the British and Irish Prime Ministers, Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern, at Hillsborough Castle on Tuesday. He said the quantity of arms put beyond use was “considerably larger” than that which had been previously decommissioned by the republican movement. The news follows an IRA statement and the announcement of fresh assembly elections by Downing Street. Full Story