23 January 2018
Former DUP Policing Board member Keith Buchanan MLA said,
“The statement by Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH) is further demonstration of the futility of terrorism. I’m glad that those in the paramilitary leadership of that organisation have recognised that violence will not triumph over democracy.
Today our minds should turn to the innocent victims that this organisation has made through its brutal campaign.
I trust that this statement will also mean the end of all the ONH so-called punishment attacks. The police and our courts are the forum to deal with anti-social elements, not down back allies with self-appointed judge, jury and executioners.
Those who still justify and eulogise terrorism from yesteryear only serve to cause confusion for the next generation. Terrorism was wrong in 1970s and it is wrong today. There was never any justification.
Just as our security services were able to disrupt the terrorists of twenty years ago, I suspect ONH was feeling the impact of our security services. I commend those who have bravely challenged the terrorists and disrupted their activities.”