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5.8 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Provisional IRA in its statement yesterday pledges to ‘verifiably put its arms beyond use in a way which will further enhance public confidence and to conclude this as quickly as possible’. Given the size and dispersed nature of the IRA’s arsenal, this task will likely prove a logistical challenge that will take at least several weeks to complete. Over the last four decades, the IRA has taken delivery of a considerable number of consignments of weapons for its armed campaign. The main sources of IRA armament have traditionally been from republican sympathisers in the US and from other anti-establishment and terrorist sources in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East including Libya and Lebanon.
Clonan, T., 2005: IRA Arms Are Likely Stockpiled, Ready For Destruction, Dublin: The Irish Times.