Sunday, March 13, 2005

Congressman calls for IRA to disband

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK

ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

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Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams, center, wearing glasses, is welcomed as he arrives, Saturday, March 12, 2005, in Cincinnati. Adams went to the United States on Saturday in search of foreign support, but back home in Northern Ireland a controversy over the IRA's killing of a Catholic man refused to go away. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

DUBLIN, Ireland -- In a major departure, Sinn Fein's leading backer in the U.S. Congress called Sunday for the Irish Republican Army to disband because it was standing in the way of peace in Northern Ireland.

Representative Peter King, who for more than two decades has been an ardent supporter of the Sinn Fein-IRA movement, accused the outlawed IRA of making a series of poor decisions that have fueled growing hostility within Irish-American circles.

King said IRA activities were preventing a potential new power-sharing deal between Sinn Fein, which represents most Catholics in Northern Ireland, and Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionists, the territory's major British Protestant party.

AP story here.