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"The Peace We Have Now is Due To The Actions of the IRA"

September 14, 2015

Author:
Andrew Sanders

The above comment was made by new shadow Chancellor John McDonnell back in May 2003, as reported in the Guardian.

In late May 2003, Labour MP John McDonnell attended a gathering to commemorate Bobby Sands who died on 5…

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They haven't gone away, have they?

September 10, 2015

Author:
Andrew Sanders

Gerard Davison was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who was shot dead in May 2015 as he walked into a community centre in the Markets, a republican area close to Belfast city centre.

Davison was from strong republican stock and rose to prominence during the  latter years of the IRA campaign.  Significantly, he was…

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Torture in Northern Ireland

December 15, 2014

Author:
Andrew Sanders

On the ninth and tenth of August 1971, the British Army enacted Operation Demetrius.  This was a mass arrest and internment operation that saw nearly two thousand people imprisoned without trial for suspected membership of and involvement paramilitary organisations.  It had worked with some success during Operation Harvest, the IRA’s so-called “Border Campaign” of 1956-1962…

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The death of Ian Paisley

September 12, 2014

Author:
Andrew Sanders

 

In the 1964 UK General Election, the Republican Clubs stood candidate Billy, also known as Liam, McMillen as an Independent Republican for the Belfast West seat.  McMillen would become a hugely significant figure in the Official Republican Movement after the 1969-1970 split in the republican movement, but only achieved 3,256 votes in 1964, squeezed out…

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Gerry Adams Arrest: Where now for the peace process?

May 03, 2014

Author:
Andrew Sanders

In January 1972, Arthur McConville died of cancer, leaving his wife Jean to care for their ten children.  Born Jean Murray to a Protestant family in the Avoniel area of East Belfast, she converted to Catholicism to marry Arthur.  The McConville's…

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