THE REAL IRA
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.”