Irish army came within minutes of invading the north…

From a report by Connla Young in today’s Irish News: A CO Tyrone man has claimed the Irish army came within minutes of invading the north to highlight the plight of nationalists faced with a sectarian onslaught in the late 1960s. Killian McNicholl (82) from Dungannon has broken his silence on secret plans by the Dublin government to force an international crisis more than 50 years ago. While it was already known that the Irish government had drawn up a …

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“We were neutral for one purpose and that is that we were Britain’s home defence”

Mick has already pointed to the Irish Times article at the weekend by Joseph Quinn on the post-World War II treatment in Ireland of around 5,000 Irish soldiers who deserted their own neutral army to join the British army and fought in Europe and elsewhere.  The “confidential” list of those affected is still available from Ireland’s National Army Museum. But, via the Irish Soldiers Pardon (WW2) Campaign website, there are a couple of items to highlight. Firstly, the instrument at issue – the Emergency Powers (no. 362) Order, …

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Martin McGuinness: “but I don’t recall saying that.”

During the campaign to become President of Ireland, the Sinn Féin candidate, Martin McGuinness, MP, MLA, has repeatedly claimed that “As a republican leader I have never and would never stand over attacks on the Garda Síochána or the Defence Forces” In a report today, he’s again quoted as saying “I would not support anybody under any circumstances attacking the gardai or the Defence Forces…” So it’s worth noting Martin McGuinness’ response on Thursday’s RTÉ’s Six One News, when confronted …

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