Irish Republican News · February 29, 2008
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IRA refuses to meet British truth panel

The Provisional IRA is to refuse to meet the ‘Eames/Bradley consultative group on dealing with the past’, it has been revealed.

Republican sources confirmed that the British-appointed truth panel had been seeking a meeting with IRA representatives.

The sources however said it would be unlikely that the IRA would agree to meet as the group “was appointed by the British government; its terms of reference were set by the British government; and which would report back to the British government”.

The sources added that the IRA “has no confidence in that body”.

Catholic bishops in the North have said they would also not cooperate over concerns about how it was set-up and its membership.

The panel co-chaired by Church of Ireland primate Robin Eames and Denis Bradley, the former vice-chairman of the police board.

It claims to be an independent group established to deal with the legacy of the conflict in Ireland. It is set to produce a report by this summer which will contain recommendations on truth and reconciliation.


Meanwhile, a senior adviser on state jobs has criticised how the British government appointed the co-chairs. The pair are receiving 680 pounds ($1300 a day) for the task.

The north’s commissioner for public appointments, Felicity Huston, says there was no “openness, transparency or independent scrutiny” in the appointments process.

Mrs Huston also that her office is investigating how the four recently appointed victims’ commissioners were also hired.

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