Saturday 10 December 2016

Brexit vote cannot be allowed to endanger the peace process

Reinstating any border controls would be a blow to the North, writes Dearbhail McDonald

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

Now the North, which voted to remain in the EU, is likely to become one of Brexit’s biggest victims. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Now the North, which voted to remain in the EU, is likely to become one of Brexit’s biggest victims. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Like thousands of others, I grew up in the shadow of one the British army's many 'observation' bases near south Armagh.

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The massive Cloghogue army base, on the main road between my native Newry and my mum's hometown of Dundalk, was a blight on our childhood, a pervasive and ugly symbol of division and fear.

The three-mile stretch of the A1 between Cloghogue and Killeen was known as 'Bomb Alley' as it had claimed the lives of 24 people between 1971 and 1992.

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