Thursday 23 November 2017

Brexit vote cannot be allowed to endanger the peace process

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

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
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

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

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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