No plans to take IRA off banned list - Brown

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown today said he had "no plans" to make the IRA legal amid calls for the status of some paramilitary groups to be reviewed.

He told British MPs the government was not going to change its proscribed listing.

His comments follow a report by Lord Carlisle on terrorism laws where he called for a review of some groups' status but not the IRA's.

There are 14 proscribed loyalist and republican groups in the North.

At Commons question time Mr Brown told Democratic Unionist Iris Robinson (Strangford) that he wanted to see the end of the IRA's ruling army council and he praised the work of the DUP for its role in the peace process.

Ms Robinson asked: "Did you see reports this week suggesting the government was going to legalise the IRA?

"Will you confirm the Government's intention is not to make the IRA legal but to make it completely redundant by removing its army council?"

Mr Brown said: "I hear what you say and I think you are referring to the report done by Lord Carlisle. We have no plans to do that at all.

"We believe the Provisional Army Council should be brought to an end as soon as possible.

"We will work with all parties so that we can maintain the stability of the settlement and I praise your party and the other parties that have been involved in making the settlement work."

The IRA handed over weapons and stood down members in July 2005 after 30 years of violence.

In April 2006 the Independent Monitoring Commission said the IRA was committed to following the political path and engaging with the police.


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