IRELAND: Out of Business?

Before dawn one morning last week, Irish police tailed a Ford sedan for several blocks through the rainy streets of Dublin before instructing it to halt. Then, as they let their coats swing open to reveal their sidearms, the plainclothesmen ordered the tall, burly driver from his car. At Dublin's central police station, they demanded that he explain his connection with the illegal Irish Republican Army. Sean MacStiofáin, 44, chief of staff of the I.R.A.'s militant "Provisional" wing, replied, "Tada" (Nothing to say). The dramatic arrest marked the strongest action yet taken...

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