IRA weapons: Paisley urges police to reveal all

The police in Northern Ireland or MI5 should publicly reveal what they know about the retention of weapons by the IRA, the Rev Ian Paisley said today.

The police in Northern Ireland or MI5 should publicly reveal what they know about the retention of weapons by the IRA, the Rev Ian Paisley said today.

The Democratic Unionist leader said after a meeting with General John de Chastelain’s disarmament body that it was clear that they would not publish any details about all the arms the IRA had put beyond use up to last September until all paramilitary groups had carried out disarmament.

In the absence of that, the North Antrim MP said the security services of Northern Ireland should reveal what they told the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning and the ceasefire watchdog, the Independent Monitoring Commission about the IRA holding on to some weapons after the final act of disarmament last September.

Mr Paisley said: “They should tell the people what they know.

“They should tell the people what they know so that the people can be forearmed to meet what is going to happen because those arms are going to be used against the Protestant population of Northern Ireland.”

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