Barely with two years' sea experience before the mast, he was taken from the forecastle and made a provisional
However, security sources have expressed surprise that the Provisionals, having declared an end to armed action to restore power sharing, would carry out the assault.
A UNIONIST MP yesterday expressed concern that the Provisional IRA or dissident republicans could be using a cover name to allow vigilante violence to take place in Northern Ireland.
A: The Real IRA follows the same embryonic command structure as the Provisionals with an Army Executive and Council, with the former Quartermaster General assuming the role of Chief of Staff in the new organisation.
A: The Real IRA made its biggest inroads into the Provisionals' Southern Command in the Irish Republic, with Janes' Intelligence Review reporting in October 1998 that up to 30 experienced Provisional IRA operators had joined its ranks.