Jim Cusack: IRA engaged in 'ethnic cleansing' of Protestants along Border
New book reveals policy was a tool to stop unionists agreeing on a political solution with SDLP.
Published 24/03/2013 | 05:00
The "ethnic cleansing" of Protestants living in Border areas over 20 years of the Troubles was a "tool" to stop unionists coming to a political accommodation with the moderate nationalist party, the SDLP, a new book on the IRA's Border campaign asserts.
It also points at Gerry Adams as the chief strategist of the Provisional IRA's "long war", including the sectarian campaign against Protestants in rural Border areas as strategy to force Britain into doing a deal with Sinn Fein.
Professor Henry Patterson, of the University of Ulster, author of Ireland's Violent Border, which was published last week, also cites the failure of successive Irish governments to add sufficient weight to crushing the IRA.