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How many lives could have been saved? Fifty years since lost opportunity for peace during the worst year of the Troubles

It’s 50 years since an IRA ceasefire led to a historic meeting with British officials

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The IRA bombed Aldershot Barracks in revenge for Bloody Sunday. The bomb killed six civilians and one Catholic priest

The IRA bombed Aldershot Barracks in revenge for Bloody Sunday. The bomb killed six civilians and one Catholic priest

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness

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The IRA bombed Aldershot Barracks in revenge for Bloody Sunday. The bomb killed six civilians and one Catholic priest

It was a brief period of hope in what was otherwise the worst year of the Troubles.

Fifty years ago today, June 26, 1972, the IRA announced a ceasefire — a move which led to a secret and historic meeting in London between a delegation of the republican group’s leaders, including Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, and the British Secretary of State.


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