Terrorism & Insurgency

ONH ceasefire unlikely to substantially reduce high dissident republican terrorism threat in UK region of Northern Ireland

25 January 2018


On 23 January 2018, the Irish dissident republican militant group Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH) announced a ceasefire in which it would immediately “suspend all armed actions against the British state”.

The group stated that the decision had been reached following an internal review that “concluded that at this time, the environment is not conducive to armed conflict”. The statement did not offer details on potential disarmament, and there was no indication from open sources that peace talks were taking place, leaving open the possibility of a resumption of the ONH’s armed campaign in the future. The ONH first emerged as a splinter group of the Continuity IRA (CIRA) in 2005.

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