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Why is IRA decommissioning so important I believe the major reason for the restricted progress towards peace that has been made over the years in Northern Ireland is the lack of trust With the IRA refusing to decommission a step back was made instead of a step forward The IRA is reluctant to decommission its arms because it fears enemy paramilitary groups will target and attack it and the Catholic community The IRA does not want to risk being caught unprotected It may also see it as surrender rendering the sacrifices made by the many who died for the cause unnecessary an insult to their memory If they had all fulfilled the terms of the Good Friday Agreement then trust would have been found between them and the British army If the IRA do not decommission then there will never be peace It is not often that there is any input from ordinary people about the future of Northern Ireland This is mainly out of fear of being hurt due to their views If there is no violence people are more open-minded and become used to peace and its benefits This will mean that they will be more reluctant to return to violence and so will prevent it by pushing terrorists out of the negotiating process The IRA would lose the power to dictate the processes The IRA decommissioning would have a positive effect on the political party the IRA This is because one of Sinn Feins main aims is to be seen as a democratic party so would be elected into Northern Ireland as the number one political party They can be seen as democratic because they are seen as a link to the IRA they can get them to decommission Sinn Fein is the future Gerry Adams Sinn Feins leader from The Times newspaper 2002 So this is an important issue if the IRA decommission The peace process and Good
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