IRA's political wing wins seat in Ulster assembly
The political wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army won its first seat in Northern Ireland's local assembly in a crushing blow to British hopes for peace in the troubled province.Skip to next paragraph
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''While the British remain in Ireland, the IRA will remain in there fighting, '' said Gerry Adams, the winner, who polled 9,740 votes to win a west Belfast seat on the first ballot. He will boycott the assembly, however. The victory was viewed as a humiliation for the Social Democratic and Labour Party - the traditional voice of moderate Roman Catholics in the province.