We welcomed the call for the United States to preserve and promote the Irish peace ["An End to Armed Struggle," editorial, July 30], but contrary to the editorial's assertion, the IRA has decommissioned arms twice pursuant to the Good Friday agreement and under the watchful eye of the British government's monitor.

The editorial said, "The IRA has carried out a major bank robbery." If The Post has evidence of this, it might share it with the director of public prosecutions for Northern Ireland. The British government has proclaimed IRA guilt, of course, but seven months after the robbery, not one arrest has been made.

The editorial also said that the IRA carried out a prominent murder. If this was a reference to the death of Robert McCartney in a bar fight in Belfast, not even the British government makes such a claim.

Further, the editorial said that the IRA has not "expressed regret for its past actions." In fact, it has done so with regularity. Not so the British government. Despite obligations in the Good Friday Agreement to conduct public inquiries into, for example, the Dublin-Monaghan bombings and the murders of solicitors Patrick Finucane and Rosemary Nelson, Prime Minister Tony Blair has continued the work of his predecessors in delaying and obstructing such investigations and by failing to accept responsibility for the lawlessness of its security services.


National President

Irish American Unity Conference