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Threat from CIRA is still 'very serious' TERRORISM.

Byline: By ALLISON MARTIN

THE Continuity IRA (CIRA) is a republican paramilitary organisation that split from the Provisional IRA in 1986.

CIRA separated from the IRA in opposition to Republican candidates changing the policy of boycotting the Irish Republic's parliament.

It is opposed to any deal that does not have its basis in a united Ireland.

Its leadership is believed to be in Munster and Ulster and there are between 100 and 150 members.

It has never announced a ceasefire and has been involved in a number of bombing and shooting incidents. Targets include British military and the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

CIRA is also believed to be involved in drug dealing, robbery, extortion and smuggling.

In November the Independent Monitoring Commission ruled that CIRA "remains a very serious threat".

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2009
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