Ahern publishes report of Independent International Commission on Decommissioning

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Dermot Ahern TD, today published the latest report of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD), which was delivered to the Irish and British Governments last week.

The report, which covers the period since the Commission's last written report in September 2009, details the extensive decommissioning of arms undertaken by the IICD in respect of a number of paramilitary groups. Welcoming the report, Minister Ahern stated: "It is deeply gratifying to see the further significant decommissioning that has been achieved in respect of a number of paramilitary groups in the last few months. These acts of decommissioning of course mean less weapons out there to harm Irish men and women, but they also show the confidence that now exists in the progress of the peace process." 

Minister Ahern also took the opportunity to thank the Commission: "I want to pay tribute to the IICD and thank them for the 12 years of hard work and patience it has taken to get us to where we are today. No-one has done more than the Commissioners and their staff to remove the gun from politics in Ireland.  We owe them a great debt of gratitude."

The Minister confirmed that he would be discussing with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the IICD arrangements for the finalisation of the work of the Commission and the submission of a final report, reflecting their activities and experience over the last 12 years, by them to the Governments.

The Report is available on the Department's website - www.justice.ie.

3 March 2010