Demilitarisation of British army troops and decommissioning of the IRA - in 1995 the British Army ceased routine back up patrols for the RUC in Belfast.
25 years after their deployment, the British Army has decided to cease routine backup patrols in the Greater Belfast area. Seven months after the IRA ceasefire, troops are no longer required to back up the police. While soldiers will still patrol in some rural areas, the emphasis is now moving to scaling down their presence. 400 troops have already been withdrawn completely, with more soon to follow.
Peter Robinson of the DUP speaks to RTÉ News about the demilitarisation and decommissioning. Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin, talks about potential discussions with the British government on demilitarisation. McGuinness also says that demilitarisation did not go far enough.
An RTÉ News report by David Davin-Power broadcast on 24 March 1995.