A republican perspective on the proposed ceasefire and the chance for peace.
One of many truces or temporary ceasefires by the IRA was called in 1975.
John O'Callaghan examines the possibilities for peace in Northern Ireland following the IRA ceasefire which is due to come in to effect at 6.00pm on 10 February 1975.
O'Callaghan speaks to Seamus Loughran, Northern Organiser of Kevin Street Sinn Féin, who describes the situation as a truce rather than a complete ceasefire. From a republican perspective the dividends should include more street lights and fewer British soldiers on the streets, alongside a major programme of releases from Long Kesh prison, also known as The Maze.
Seamus Loughran sees no reason why the peace will not last. He also clarifies that in the republican mind a truce is defined as an "agreed temporary affair", while a "ceasefire's got a ring of permanence about it". He defines the truce as open-ended in that it has a date and a time that it will commence but no date that it will end. Loughran feels there is an immediate need for de-escalation of the British presence on the streets of Northern Ireland. He acknowledges that there seems to be a desire to find a peaceful solution.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 February 1975.