Friday 21 July 2017

McGuinness's Aras gamble reveals Provo gameplan

The IRA still exists and one of its goals is to position Sinn Fein centre stage for the 1916 centenary, writes Jim Cusack

THE annual Wolfe Tone commemoration by the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein in Bodenstown, Co Kildare, in June 1982, was addressed by Owen Carron, a schoolteacher from Leitrim who had been chosen by the leadership of what was termed the Republican Movement to succeed hunger striker Bobby Sands as its (successful) candidate for the Fermanagh-South Tyrone Westminster seat the previous year.

Carron made no bones of Sinn Fein's unequivocal support for what was termed the IRA's "armed struggle" and of Sinn Fein's disdain for the government of Ireland.

At the time, Section 31 of the Broadcasting Authority Act forbade RTE from broadcasting any interviews or speeches by members of Sinn Fein. So Carron's sentiments, that the IRA's "armed struggle" was "a necessary and morally correct form of resistance", were reported the following week in the Sinn Fein/IRA newspaper, An Phoblacht,

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