The Seeds Of The Northern War
We’ve seen a lot of outraged (and outrageous) speeches in recent days from politicians representing the British unionist minority in the north-east of the country demanding an “apology” from the Irish state for its alleged role in the ideological divisions which led to the establishment of the breakaway Provisional Army Council in December of 1969. Some pro-union leaders claim that the creation of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) was the direct result of government policies in Dublin, an attempt to arm and direct a growing insurgency in the United Kingdom-administered Six Counties between 1969 and 1970.
In fact, the conflict had begun many years earlier in 1966 when attacks by pro-UK or Loyalist terrorist factions on nationalist communities across the northern part of Ireland led to several deaths and injuries. The oldest victim was 74 year old Matilda Gould, a Protestant grandmother murdered by “mistake”, while…
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