Police chief sees no end to dissident republican violence in Northern Ireland
No return to the bad old days because no support for dissident violence
'I don't think they have an analysis. I don't think they have a strategy,' Kelly concluded.
According to the new documentary the problem with the dissidents is that they appear to have no coherent political program. At it's root all it offers is 'Brits Out' and self determination for the Irish people.
But leading dissident Derry republican Gary Donnelly says the New IRA are operating in a longer timeframe.
'The Provisional movement didn't appear overnight,' he said. 'It would probably take them (the 'New' IRA) a lot of effort and a lot of time to get up to full steam. But the reality is that as long as there's a British presence in Ireland, there will always be a respectable minority who will challenge it and who will use force of arms.'
However Harris sees no danger of a return to the dark old days of the past. 'There's not actually the broad base of support to mount a sustained campaign,' he said.
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly agrees. 'It is not gaining momentum because the people do not want it,' he added. 'It's as straightforward as that.'
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