Cautious welcome for Oglaigh na hEireann ceasefire

Cautious welcome for Oglaigh na hEireann ceasefire
FF TD Eamon O Cuiv, trade unionist Peter Bunting and community activist Conal McFeely (right) reading a statement on behalf of Oglaigh na hEireann.
Veteran trade unionist Peter Bunting (centre) with community activist Conal McFeely (right) and Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv at a press conference at the ICTU building in Belfast where they read out a statement on behalf of dissident republican group Oglaigh na hEireann declaring a ceasefire.

The ceasefire announcement by Oglaigh na hEireann has received a cautious welcome on both sides of the Irish border today.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was among the first to react.

The Louth TD said: "There can be no excuse or justification for the continued existence and operation of armed groups, either unionist or republican.

"Their continued existence leads only to hardship, loss, bereavement and imprisonment.

"There is a peaceful and democratic way forward to resolve political differences and to work towards an agreed and united Ireland."

Although the announcement means one of the deadliest dissident groups is moving away from violence, a number of other factions, including the New IRA and Continuity IRA, still continue to pose a threat.

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: "The group has announced it is to suspend all actions against the ’British State’, however, for years now, members have been heavily involved in extreme violence against people living in their own communities, including carrying out brutal beatings and shootings, as well as menacing acts of intimidation to create fear and control.

"These vicious attacks must also be consigned to the past. It will be deeds that count ultimately, not words.

"Uppermost in my mind today are those who suffered, often most grievously, at the hands of ONH over the last decade.

"I urge ONH to live up to its commitment and also to take the further steps I’ve outlined.

"I would say to other groups involved in violence and criminality to follow suit and also stop immediately.

Library pic
Library pic

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, said the move was "long overdue".

"While we can welcome the move to cease using violence, we cannot allow for the past to be glossed over," he said.

"Let the failure of the violent campaigns of ONH and other violent actors instead serve as a hard won lesson on this island - bombs and bullets have never achieved progress.

"Again and again this island has known violence and again and again we have known its futility.

"Violence has only ever led to the hardening of hearts and the filling of graveyards.

"Today’s announcement is also an opportunity for all the other fractures of dissident republican organisations to end their so-called ’campaigns’."

Tánaiste Simon Coveney also welcomed the new ONH commitment.

He said: "There is no place and no justification for violence and I call on all other dissident groups to follow suit.

"We hope and anticipate that this ceasefire will be proven to be definitive and comprehensive in word and in deed."

- PA

More in this Section

DUP urges action to fill abortion ‘vacuum’DUP urges action to fill abortion ‘vacuum’

Body found in burning car in DublinBody found in burning car in Dublin

Taoiseach backs priest’s anti-violence stance over Kevin Lunney attackTaoiseach backs priest’s anti-violence stance over Kevin Lunney attack

Water is restored to Cork homes after burst main causes flood damageWater is restored to Cork homes after burst main causes flood damage


‘Children of the Troubles’ recounts the largely untold story of the lost boys and girls of Northern Ireland, and those who died south of the border, in Britain and as far afield as West Germany, writes Dan Buckley.Loss of lives that had barely begun

With Christmas Day six weeks away tomorrow, preparations are under way in earnest, writes Gráinne McGuinness.Making Cents: Bargains available on Black Friday but buyer beware!

From farming practices in Europe to forest clearances in the Amazon, Liz Bonnin’s new show seeks solutions to some of the damage done by the world’s appetite for meat, writes Gemma Dunn.New show seeks solutions to some of the damage done by the world’s appetite for meat

Louis Mulcahy reads in Cork this weekend for the Winter Warmer fest, writes Colette Sheridan.Wheel turns from pottery to poetry

More From The Irish Examiner