The United States of America and Northern Ireland

#

John McCain and Northern Ireland

August 26, 2018

Author:
Andrew Sanders

As news breaks of the death of Arizona Senator John McCain, we are reminded of a long career in the Senate, but particularly of his 2008 campaign for the Presidency.

McCain was one of an increasingly small number of Congressional representatives to take an interest in Northern Ireland.  The McCain's…

Read More

"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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More