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The IRA has denied an intelligence assessment it held on to some weapons after its "final act" of decommissioning arms last year.
The claims about weapons were made to the Independent Monitoring Commission which published its latest report on paramilitary activity in NI.
The IRA is still gathering intelligence, according to the report.
The IMC said it received reports that the IRA held on to some of its weapons, possibly for personal protection or area protection.
It said: "Last week, we were informed by security sources in Northern Ireland that they had intelligence to the effect that some individuals and groups within the IRA have retained arms including handguns.
"There was no indication that the quantities of arms involved were substantial."