INLA announces ceasefire

Yesterday, 11 October 2009, speaking at the graveside of one of its founding members in Bray on the outskirts of Dublin, the INLA formally announced an end to its armed campaign, stating the current political framework allowed for the pursuit of its goals through peaceful, democratic means.

INLA mural in Derry

INLA mural in Derry

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) is an illegal organisation in the Republic of Ireland where it is classified as such under the Offences against the State Act 1939.  The United Kingdom has proscribed the INLA under anti-terrorism legislation.

Martin McMonagle from Derry said: “The Republican Socialist Movement has been informed by the INLA that following a process of serious debate… it has concluded that the armed struggle is over.

The objective of a 32-county socialist republic will be best achieved through exclusively peaceful political struggle”. They laid a wreath beforehand.

The governments of Britain and Ireland were informed. Hillary Rodham Clinton of the United States was due to visit Belfast the following day. Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams was doubtful but added: “However, if it is followed by the actions that are necessary, this is a welcome development”.

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