The IRA has formally ordered an end to its armed campaign and says it will pursue exclusively peaceful means according to the BBC. Many are seeing this as a sign that the Troubles are at last over.
Like many I'd like to believe that this truly is an ending. But the IRA have been on alleged ceasefire for a long time and that didn't stop the murder of Robert McCartney. I also remember the pledges at the time of the Good Friday Agreement that promised the IRA would decommission within a few years and before Sinn Fein entered government.
If this statement does bring real peace of mind and change then it is a great day throughout these islands. But after so many false dawns before I remain sceptical.