"All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms. All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means. Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever.
"The IRA leadership has also authorised our representative to engage with the IICD to complete the process to verifiably put its arms beyond use in a way which will further enhance public confidence and to conclude this as quickly as possible."
The IRA is set to issue a statement on its future, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has confirmed. Hopes rose following the temporary release last night of Shankill bomber Sean Kelly, who was returned to jail by Northern Secretary Peter Hain over a month ago. His release is seen as a significant development in ensuring the IRA goes ahead with its statement.
Irish Independent, BBC News and RTÉ News which reports that Ahern will be 'broadly happy'. Meanwhile U.TV News reports that Gerry Adams will attend a press conference in Dublin at 4pm.