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Official Republican Movement Statement on Decommissioning February 8, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Northern Ireland, The Left.
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The Official IRA have confirmed that, in keeping with the long held position within the Official Republican tradition of promoting and pursuing the development of peaceful, democratic and inclusive politics on the Island of Ireland; a process of engagement was unilaterally entered into with the Decommissioning Body and has reached a successful conclusion.

The purpose of this engagement was to ensure that all weapons which were under the control of the Official IRA or to which the Official IRA had access were accounted for and transferred to the control of the Decommissioning Body.

We have emphasized our commitment to removing any doubts that may exist that there are any Official IRA weapons in circulation.

To this end an extensive nation wide inventory has been completed to confirm and verify that all such equipment has been located, identified and transferred to the Decommissioning Body. Any other such equipment, which has not been submitted to the Decommissioning Process, has no association with the Official IRA.

“We call on all groups to respect and respond to the undeniable mandate imposed on us all from the people of Ireland both in the 26 counties and the 6 counties with their democratic demand for a complete end to violent conflict.

To those groups still intent on a violent agenda and who would declare themselves the protectors of the community against the oppressor, we say listen to the voice of that community. They spoke loud and clear in their demand for peace, and by ignoring that voice, you yourselves have become the oppressor.

It is time for you to leave the past and catch up.

We thank those Official Republicans who were the first to demand an end to sectarian and sectional violence and who were themselve’s attacked and murdered for their anti-sectarian stand.

We congratulate all those who have realised the futility of violence and who now pursue political objectives through peaceful strategies.

We encourage the continued involvement of Official Republicans in the vital work taking place between all former combatants, Republican and Loyalist, in recognizing this work as an essential part of the building of a lasting peace that has already brought immediate mutual benefits for the entire community and brings hope for a better future for our children.

Official Republicans in the tradition of Tone believe that the unity of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter is the essential component of an agreed future for all the people of this island.

Just a short note, I am told that this is indeed the ORM and that the media are unaware or aren’t bothered to explain the difference.

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1. Ramzi Nohra - February 8, 2010

your addendumm is interesting. Bit of a damning indictment of the media here if so. Also of course raises the questions of the stickies guns I suppose.

Altogether its a good thing – the less guns around the better, even if seldomly used.

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WorldbyStorm - February 8, 2010

I’d agree. I think I was saying on the other thread that it will be interesting to see what responses if any we see from a whole host of quarters.

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2. Ramzi Nohra - February 8, 2010

guardian still says ORM actually – fair play to Henry

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3. Captain Rock - February 8, 2010
4. Joe - February 8, 2010

I’m very very confused. Is the ORM now claiming to be the Official IRA? So are there now two Official IRAs? An ORM OIRA and the original “official” OIRA? Are ye with me still? And if there are two, which one has decommisioned? And which one hasn’t? And which one had I absolutely no knowledge of when I was in the WP?
Gari, we need your inside knowledge of the fact that the WP has no knowledge of the OIRA. Thanks, in anticipation.

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WorldbyStorm - February 8, 2010

I can’t and won’t speak for Garibaldy. My understanding is that there have been two entities. My understanding is that it is the second, and let’s be careful, it would be something that we could say might be tangential to the ORM entity, which the report above refers to. You knew about neither. Me too.

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shay - March 28, 2010

the OFFICIAL IRA SIDED WITH THE O.R.M WHEN THE WP REFUSED THE ARMY IN 97 LEAVING THE ORM TO SPLIT AND RESTRUCTURE.the wp are more or less defunct.

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5. The latest round of peace processing « Splintered Sunrise - February 9, 2010

[…] of whom went with DL), who felt that the OIRA was unfinished business. As it is, we’ve had a statement from something purporting to be the “OIRA”, but it seems that may be the Newry-based ORM (who […]

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6. Not Sure - February 9, 2010

According to the BBC it’s the OIRA that decommissioned. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/northern_ireland_politics/8504374.stm

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7. ogoshi - February 9, 2010

I was driving down the Falls road on Saturday trying to get back for the rugby and I nearly drove into the bus stop at the RVH; low and behold in bright white letters on a black gable wall is painted ‘Official Republican Movement’ and in ORM in ‘Brackets’. It must be at least thirty years since i have seen any sticky graffiti. I can’t wait to visit again to see what the local wits do with it.

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8. Captain Rock - February 9, 2010

If you drove up to Clondara Street you could have seen an ORM mural and all.

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Ciarán - February 9, 2010

Is that the billboard with the Liam McMillen quotation you’re talking about?

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ogoshi - February 10, 2010

CR thanks

I will look that up. I reside elsewhere now.

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9. Captain Rock - February 9, 2010

Yes.

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10. Joe - February 15, 2010

I think we can take it that this was the ORM decommissioning as opposed to the original OIRA. My understanding of the ORM/WP split is that the majority stayed with the WP. Likewise, can we assume that the majority of OIRA and its leadership stayed OIRA rather than going ORM? So most of the arms would have stayed with the original OIRA.
It is a pity then that the original OIRA didn’t take the opportunity to decommission. What would they want their arms for any more?
When was the last time that the original OIRA made a public statement? It must be back in the seventies.
Most people believe that the original OIRA still exists. This is damaging to the WP – people who are attracted to that party’s stated commitment to peace, democracy, class politics are put off by the continued existence of the original OIRA and its perceived link to the WP.
The original OIRA could have helped the WP by decommissioning. It’s unfortunate that they didn’t.

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11. CeasefireMagazine - February 19, 2010

This article in the Belfast Telegraph states that Sean Garland’s “heavily armed” OIRA haven’t disarmed http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/why-we-are-still-cursed-by-the-shadow-of-the-gunman-14689886.html it also offers a fairly realistic assesment of non-republican-dissident paramilitary activity in the north, which is something you don’t usually see.

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shay - March 28, 2010

the wp gave guns away in a deal with the nio years ago it just wasnt put out in the public domain.

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12. Ratata - February 19, 2010

Fair dues to them – remember Connolly’s dictum, whether said or not is still ture, for the ICA to hold onto their rifles.
If the staters, the imperialsits and the drug lords still have their’s then the working class needs their own.

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13. paul - April 17, 2010

who owned the guns found in poleglass, belfast? word has it was orm who kneecapped two kids recently and used the contos name and the cops have rumbled it raiding an orm members house finding guns.could this be an end of their money coming from de chastelin for holding on to weapons?

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14. paul - April 18, 2010

orm caught with their trousers down. member to be charged with posession of guns on monday.

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15. paul - April 19, 2010

orm member charged. supplying guns to dissidents.

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16. paul - April 19, 2010

orm caught selling guns to dissidents. their leader in belfast selling them openly in bars in west belfast. cops to brief de chastelin and imc.

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WorldbyStorm - April 19, 2010

Paul do you have any links to reputable news sources about all this? The CLR doesn’t do rumour and I’ve more than half a mind to delete the above.

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17. paul - April 19, 2010

check bbc or utv news. person charged is leading orm member belfast

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WorldbyStorm - April 19, 2010

I see the report, but it doesn’t mention any organisation. Link to that name in that connection?

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18. paul - April 19, 2010

will do when he gos for bail during week.its public knowledge in belfast what group hes involved in. maybe someone from orm could clarify this.

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19. Theresa tracey - November 28, 2011

I see ya never got an answer paul…As 4 the kids in poleglass being kneecapped 1 of the young lads was shot in the legs. The other 16 years old was shot in the back while running away. Nearly 2 years ago and is still awaiting any sort of true explation. Hes had excauses excause excauses. Not good enough anymore. I think its time the truth came out. Cause the man who was caught with with these guns in back living in poleglass. But the two young lads r struggling 2 come 2 terms with wat happened 2 them.

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21. Marty - September 15, 2012

Some crap posted above

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22. Darren - December 5, 2013

Just for the readers the fella paul above has been found out and writting about a certain person to blame him for something he didnt do or knew nothing about is actually the one who did do it check his dates he was to quick to know what was happening and his info came from his mate who was shot and told to leave belfast. The old sayin luk before u leap.

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23. Larry - January 7, 2014

Paul were u gettin ur info from not ur real name like, r u sinn fein or sumthing r do ya just like mixin, the fella who u’s r claimin about the guns, first of all the guns were not found in poleglass and he wasnt sellin guns in bars, thats wat happens wen ya listen to rumours, he was set up by people who were in the office at the time because he didnt agree with theyre agenda, and was not involved in the shootin or knew nothin about it, thats people threw his name about cause he disagreed with them, them same people have now caused a split and have named themselves the i.r.c.a.. I know the fella wel, c how big people r wen his licence is up..

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24. Mick - January 8, 2014

Paul ive been lukn at other threads that u have commented on and it tels me u hate the sticks, either u r sinn fein or puttin the wooden spoon in cos u have made accusations about people im wonderin if u are willin to put ur full name down and the area wud do an we can c how big or smart u think u are il ans it for u wont do it

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