The Irish Republican Army (I.R.A.) have sent a letter of congratulations to Sinn Fein (The I.R.A.'s political branch), after the nationalist party's victory over the DUP during last week's elections in Northern Ireland.
Former I.R.A. and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams also sent a letter of congratulations to his former party.
The known terrorist organisation has been staging public shootings and bombings in Ulster and Great Britain since Ireland gained full independence from the British Empire in 1949, though most terrorist attacks stopped after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
But that hasn't stopped an Anti-Good Friday Agreement subsection of the I.R.A. from carrying out the August 1998 Omagh Bombing, the 2000 British Barracks Mortar Attacks, the 2002 bombing of a police man's house in Annalong, the 2003 murder of Danny McGurk, the 2004 Derry PSNI Shooting, the 2006 fire bombings of Unionist businesses in Newry, the 2009 Massereene Barracks Shooting, the 2010 Player's Lounge Shooting, the 2011 failed assassination of Queen Elizabeth II, the 2012 murder of David Black, the 2015 Probation Road Bombings, the 2016 assassination of former I.R.A. leader Aidan “The Beast” O'Driscoll after committing according to the IRA: “Anti-Republican Activities”, and the murder of the openly lesbian journalist Lyra McKee during the Creggan Riots.
Sinn Fein themselves have responded stating that: “Our historic victory came without intimidation from the I.R.A. as some have claimed, and we have been over the years trying to distance ourselves from the I.R.A. and Gerry Adams due to their previous actions”.