Irish Primate's optimism at IRA ceasefire move

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh Dr Seán Brady, has welcomed yesterday's "very clear and significant statement by the IRA" that it has ordered an end to its armed campaign.

In a long-awaited statement, the republican organisation said it would follow a democratic path ending more than 30 years of violence.

"Every word and deed that helps to foster peace is to be welcomed," said Dr Brady (pictured), in a statement released by Catholic Communications Ireland. "I hope that the IRA will not only deliver on its declared commitment to end its armed campaign but also accompany this historic declaration with the kind of actions that will build trust, inspire confidence and encourage a positive response from others."

Urging all paramilitary groups to "banish forever the threat of violence", Dr Brady stressed that peace is the resposibility of the entire community.

"Peace is never achieved once and for all but has to be constantly fostered by everyone in our society," he said. "I hope that today will encourage everyone to continue that search for a lasting peace."

He described yesterday's developments as a "unique opportunity to enhance the progress of recent years and to construct a shared and secure future for all, built on new relationships of respect and understanding".

Response by Dr Seán Brady Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland to IRA Statement (Catholic Communications Ireland 28/7/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Full text of IRA statement (RTE News 29/7/05)

Irish archbishop welcomes IRA renunciation of violence (Catholic World News 28/7/05)
IRA says armed campaign is over (BBC 28/7/05)

29 Jul 2005