IRA 'still in training for return to conflict'
IRA leaders ordered a fresh round of paramilitary training this year for members who are continuing to monitor “potential targets” as the organisation keeps open the option of a return to full-scale violence, an independent commission concluded yesterday. In a graphic account of “disturbingly high” levels of beatings and shootings, which prompted renewed unionist calls for republicans to be expelled from the political process, the commission ruled that “senior members” of Sinn Féin were helping to direct the violence as members of the IRA army council. Lord Alderdice, the former Speaker of the Northern Ireland assembly who sat on the commission, last night threatened to name the Sinn Féin leaders, who will be hearing from the commission ahead of its next report. The commission is believed to have based its findings on intelligence briefings from both sides of the Irish border about the party’s president, Gerry Adams, the chief negotiator, Martin McGuinness, and the vice-president, Pat Doherty. Full Story