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NIO concern at Republicans 'mastery of the Internet'

BRITISH government alarm at republicanism's increasingly successful use of the internet for 'propaganda' purposes and their belated attempts to combat this are detailed in previously confidential files released today in Belfast.

State papers: John Major nervous over demilitarisation

Éamon Phoenix
THE nervousness of the British Prime Minister John Major at the impact of troop reductions in Northern Ireland on Tory backbenchers in response to the ceasefires is disclosed in previously confidential files from 1995.

State papers: Files shine light on Disappeared

Éamon Phoenix
THE first contact between the families of the Disappeared - civilians murdered by the IRA during the Troubles and their bodies secretly buried - is detailed in the new files.

State papers: Secret RUC assessment of IRA ceasefire

Éamon Phoenix
A SECRET NIO assessment of the status of the IRA's four-month old ceasefire and the British security response suggested the possibility of withdrawing weapons from police in daylight hours.

State papers: Problems caused by paramilitary intimidation highlighted

BY the summer of 1986, in the wake of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, intimidation had reached serious proportions in Belfast, Portadown, Ballymena and other unionist towns, while other firms were being intimidated by the IRA for undertaking work for police and the British army.