New Evidence Backs Republican Theory of Break-In

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Republicans came under renewed pressure to end all violence yesterday after fresh evidence strengthened police claims that the IRA was involved in a break-in at Special Branch offices in Northern Ireland.

Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble said forensic evidence, believed to link a former chef to the St Patrick's Day raid on an office at Castlereagh station in east Belfast, supported claims that republicans were involved.

He was speaking as three suspected IRA members - Niall Connolly, James Monaghan and Martin McAuley - were due to appear in a Colombian court accused of training left wing rebels.'I hope we will see the whole truth of this come out just as we want to see the whole truth come out on Colombia,' he said.

Mr Trimble said republicans now had to commit themselves to peace before the January deadline set by his party.

Unionists threatened to pull out of Northern Ireland's power-sharing Executive at Stormont by January 18 if the IRA has not disbanded.

'The advantage that might flow from this is that it might bring it home to republicans that they simply cannot continue with the way they are,' said Mr Trimble. …