In Dublin, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) outlined on Wednesday (20 June) their plan for an all-Ireland federation which would include the northern counties now under British rule.
GV IRA men seated ZOOM INTO David O'Connell speaks
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "It's nearly 48 hours since the ceasefire in Northern Ireland, and wonder how you all assess the situation?"
O'CONNELL: "Well it is 48 hours since the truce, the bilateral truce was implemented. From the viewpoint of the leadership of the Republican government, we are quite pleased with the situation. On all sides the forces have honoured the truce. We intend to honour that truce. Having reached that stag we are now embarking upon a vigorous campaign of political action to Implement policies which have been formulated over the past two years. We believe the time is opportune, hence our start off here today".
REPORTER: "Why should the Protestants in the North feel their is anything in your proposals for them?"
O'CONNELL: "Well first of all, we believe that there is something very positive in our proposals. In drafting up proposals, we have had consultations with Protestant leaders over the last eight months. We have borne in mind their view, their feelings and such views are reflected in the composition of our policy statement presented hers today,"
REPORTER: "Are all the proposals negotiable?"
O'CONNELL: "We state in the leaflet that this government...the above proposals for a governmental structure are put forward as a realistic basis for discussion and are not to be deemed either definitive or exclusive of alternative proposals".
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Background: In Dublin, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) outlined on Wednesday (20 June) their plan for an all-Ireland federation which would include the northern counties now under British rule.
The plan was put forward at a press conference given by the leaders of the Provisional IRA - the group that did most of the shooting up to the Monday night ceasefire in Ulster.
Under their proposal, predominantly Protestant Northern Ireland would be enlarged and united under a federal body with the Catholic Irish Republic to the south.
One of the IRA's top political brains, Mr David O'Connell, said the document put forward was drawn up after consultation with Protestant leaders in Ulster over the last eight months.
He also said that all the points made in the proposal would be open to negotiation among the interested por??? concerned