The IRA statement issued today must be welcomed by everyone interested in peaceful, political advancement of devolution in Northern Ireland. The IRA seem to have realised what we could have told them twenty years ago – namely their chances of achieving a re-united Ireland by violent intimidation of the British people were nil. Conversely, by peaceful negotiation there is a really possibility of a future status for the Province that allows everyone to get on with their lives together.How ironic it is that as we move away from the spectre of terrorism on one front, another group now believes it can achieve anything by terrorising British citizens going about their ordinary lives. The ballot box is more effective than the bomb in British politics. The disaffected must engage with our political process.