IRA denial

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The Independent Online
The IRA yesterday issued a fresh denial that the organisation is split over the maintenance of its ceasefire and the continuation of the peace process which has taken Sinn Fein into multi-party talks at Stormont.

The group insisted that it remained "intact, united and committed", describing reports of major disagreements and wholesale resignations as fanciful and greatly exaggerated.

Republican sources admit that a small number of resignations have taken place from both the IRA and Sinn Fein, but vehemently deny claims that 20 senior IRA figures have resigned and that 35 members of the organisation's key South Armagh unit have walked out.