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New IRA says it will continue armed campaign

The New IRA has said it will continue its armed campaign
Connla Young

THE 'New IRA' has said it intends to continue its armed campaign.

In an Easter statement, the organisation - which calls itself 'the IRA' - claimed that efforts to defeat republicanism have not succeeded.

"Despite the ongoing difficulties around Brexit, rise in militant loyalism and the continued health crisis, the occupier remains determined to quash republicanism," it said.

"They have failed and their efforts have been in vain.

"While the liberation of Ireland has not yet been achieved, British manipulation coupled with treachery of former republicans has upheld the partition of Ireland."

Ten people are currently facing a range of charges after a joint PSNI and MI5 surveillance operation targeting the New IRA.

A preliminary inquiry is also due to begin next week to decide if a man charged with its murder of journalist Lyra McKee during rioting in Derry two years ago will face trial.

In its statement, the group claimed partition has failed and said it will continue with its activities.

"The IRA will continue to attack the problem at its root and make no apology for undertaking this necessary task.

"The IRA will continue our struggle until a 32-county socialist republic has been achieved."

SDLP Policing Board member Dolores Kelly last night said the threat of violence was hindering the prospect of a united Ireland.

"They are entirely delusional and they have no support and they are holding all of us back," she said.

"The Provisional IRA didn't bring us a jot closer to the reunification of Ireland and neither will they."

Ms Kelly said the route to a united Ireland is through discussion.

"It is dialogue that is going to get us to a united Ireland, where our neighbours in the unionist community no longer fear a united Ireland," she said.

"It's about the politics of persuasion.

"We are at a pivotal time in the discussion."

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