Tag Archives: Official IRA

Decade Of Half Centenaries: Deaths April 1972

There were maybe 20 Troubles-related deaths in April 1972. British Army: Seven. Two were killed by the (Provisional) IRA and five (including four in Derry) were killed by the Official IRA. Ulster Defence Regiment. One man was found murdered at … Continue reading

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SDLP at 50

Happy Birthday SDLP. I remember the day the SDLP was formed. I vividly recall the founding members and a handful of journalists outside the venue. A journo asked “will the SDLP be non sectarian?” and Paddy Devlin replied “we are … Continue reading

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Stickies, Pinheads And ….Er Felties?

The Troubles broke out in August 1969.   The IRA in Belfast was in disarray. It had been involved in a failed campaign (“Operation Harvest” ) in border areas but ceased in 1962. It went…political much to the annoyance of … Continue reading

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Fair Play SDLP Ballycastle

Interesting motion (deferred at Conference) from SDLP in Ballycastle. Asking SDLP should organise in the Republic of Ireland. Good idea? Yes …not necessarily in the short-term …but SDLP has to put down a marker that it is an all-Ireland party. … Continue reading

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