Adams refuses to comment on reports of imminent IRA split

23/02/2005 - 11:38:12

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has refused to comment on reports that the leader of the Provisional IRA is planning to establish a breakaway group if complete decommissioning goes ahead.

Reports in the tabloid press this morning, quoting senior garda sources, claimed the IRA chief-of-staff and republican hardliners in south Armagh were adamantly opposed to decommissioning and were threatening to split the IRA if Sinn Féin agrees to complete disarmament.

Asked about the matter in Trim, Co Meath, this morning, Mr Adams said he would "not be commenting or trying to interpret the IRA position because it is being used to stop the growth of the Sinn Féin party".

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