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FOR­GET the so-called cease­fire – The Real IRA is still ac­tive, still has an axe to grind and is still will­ing to kill and maim to get its way.

The Real Ir­ish Re­pub­li­can Army – or Vol­un­teers of Ire­land – is a para­mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion aim­ing to bring about a united Ire­land.

It was formed in 1997 fol­low­ing a split in the Pro­vi­sional IRA, who fi­nally sought a po­lit­i­cal truce af­ter years of the Trou­bles both here and in North­ern Ire­land.

Sadly, some of the ter­ror­ists re­mained too blood­thirsty to give up the bomb.

It has been re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of atroc­i­ties in North­ern Ire­land and Eng­land, in­clud­ing the Au­gust 1998 Omagh bomb­ing which killed 29 peo­ple ( right).

In March 2009, RIRA mem­bers claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for an at­tack on the Massereene Bar­racks that killed two Bri­tish sol­diers, the first to be killed in North­ern Ire­land since 1997.

They will stop at noth­ing to get their way – a united Ire­land, as Ber­nadette Sands-mcke­vitt, sis­ter of hunger striker Bobby Sands and a founder of the RIRA’’S po­lit­i­cal wing, said her brother “did not die for cross-bor­der bod­ies with ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers”.

She added: “He did not die for na­tion­al­ists to be equal Bri­tish cit­i­zens within the North­ern Ire­land state.”


A se­cu­rity source said: “The threat of Ir­ish Na­tion­al­ists has not gone away, they may be a smaller force than in the 80s and 90s but that doesn’t mean they’re not dan­ger­ous.

“If any­thing it make them more dan­ger­ous – the only peo­ple left are the ab­so­lute fa­nat­ics, the nut­ters, the ob­sessed.

“They have the ca­pac­ity to at­tack the games, they also have the will. But their meth­ods make the like­li­hood of suc­cess un­likely.

“Whereas a sui­cide bomber is dif­fi­cult to de­tect. The Real IRA’S more con­ven­tional ap­proach is eas­ier to de­fend against.

“That doesn’t make them safe though, we are work­ing hard to make sure they do not rear their heads.”

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