25th anniversary of the IRA ceasefire

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25 Years since historic IRA ceasefire

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the IRA ceasefire. The peace process and the dramatic changes that have taken place in the last quarter-century owe much to that courageous decision. Reflecting this week on the cessation, Gerry Adams wrote: "Looking back twenty five years ago to that period of our history and experience it is clear that dialogue, inclusive and based on equality, is central to any conflict resolution process – to any process of change. It is very telling that the then Leader of Unionism James Molyneaux described the cessation as ‘The most destabilising event since partition.’ "Twenty five years later this assertion remains an insightful reminder of the worm at the heart of political unionism. That is the fear of positive political change. It is self-evident now that if it had been left to the Unionist leaders and the British Government there would have not been a cessation. "Thankfully they did not have a vote at the IRA’s Army Council meeting which took that decision”.

Posted by Sinn Féin Ireland on Thursday, August 29, 2019

The peace process and the dramatic changes that have taken place in the last quarter-century owe much to that courageous decision.

Reflecting this week on the cessation, Gerry Adams wrote:

"Looking back twenty five years ago to that period of our history and experience it is clear that dialogue, inclusive and based on equality, is central to any conflict resolution process – to any process of change. It is very telling that the then Leader of Unionism James Molyneaux described the cessation as ‘The most destabilising event since partition.’

"Twenty five years later this assertion remains an insightful reminder of the worm at the heart of political unionism. That is the fear of positive political change. It is self-evident now that if it had been left to the Unionist leaders and the British Government there would have not been a cessation.

"Thankfully they did not have a vote at the IRA’s Army Council meeting which took that decision”.