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Factual deconstruction of the Provos' fictional narrative

Historian Liam Kennedy's new book on the Troubles looks at who was responsible and finds guilt everywhere, writes Máiría Cahill

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British soldiers take cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars on Bloody Sunday in Derry in January 1972

British soldiers take cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars on Bloody Sunday in Derry in January 1972

British soldiers take cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars on Bloody Sunday in Derry in January 1972

'The Provisional IRA was primarily responsible for the direction, methods of engagement, scale and, above all, the longevity of the Troubles," according to Liam Kennedy, emeritus professor of history at Queen's University Belfast, in his new book, Who Was Responsible For The Troubles?.

The PR blurb hails it as a "controversial book". Though it is a carefully considered piece of work written in an engaging style, posing questions for the reader while interspersing statistical evidence to ground his own theories. Nevertheless, this book will be an uncomfortable read for Provisional IRA supporters.


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