Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (67)

John Bruton

Question:

59 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views on whether the IRA ever intends to decommission all its weapons. [29635/03]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The Decommissioning Act 1997 and the regulations made pursuant to it provide for the decommissioning of arms held by paramilitary organisations, including the Provisional IRA, under the auspices of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning.

The Government has welcomed past acts of decommissioning by the Provisional IRA and urges all paramilitary groups to engage fully with the commission in order to achieve the complete decommissioning of paramilitary arms.

The Government continues to proceed on the basis that the complete decommissioning of paramilitary arms is not only achievable, but is what will be required if everybody is to be convinced that the transition from violence to completely peaceful means is complete.