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U.S. Legislator Predicts N.Irish IRA Will Disband

A leading Irish American politician on Sunday predicted the Irish Republican Army would disband following a call from Gerry Adams, leader of its political ally Sinn Fein, for the group to renounce violence. Adams’ comments that there was now an alternative to the IRA’s “armed struggle” against British rule in Northern Ireland could indicate the start of moves to wind up the group, although opponents have dismissed his words as a pre-election stunt. “In terms of Irish history this is certainly an enormous statement, the fact that he’s asking the IRA to stand down,” said Congressman Peter King, a New York Republican who has been one of Sinn Fein’s strongest supporters in the United States. “When you look at this … in the full context of history it’s a very, very dramatic step forward,” he told Irish state broadcaster RTE in a radio interview. Full Story

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