Response from the INLA aligned prisoners to the announcement that the INLA has dumped weapons.
17 February 2010
We, the IRSM prisoners at Portlaoise Gaol, Tony McClelland Cumann IRSP welcome the recent decision of the Irish National Liberation Army to put its arsenal of military weaponry beyond use.
Having previously endorsed the declaration by the leadership of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement that "the war is over"; we now view the decision and actions of the INLA to disarm as logical and indeed a necessary step in further developing the struggle for unity, democracy and socialism in Ireland.
This historical development, the culmination of a protracted internal consultative process which involved the prisoners, serves to underline the commitment that exists within the IRSM at every level to achieving our goals and aspirations solely through political application and endeavour.
We salute the selfless bravery of all INLA volunteers and comrades in the IRSP as we look forward to the challenges of the future with confidence and enthusiasm. Onwards to the republic!
Signed: PAUL KELLY, NOEL MOONEY, JONATHAN KEOGH,
NEIL MYLES,GERARD KELLEGHER, GERARD MACKIN,
ANTHONY LEE, EUGENE KELLY, PADDY WALLS, OWEN CLAIL,
DAVID O CONNOR, THOMAS KELLY, DENNIS DWYER,