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04.04.07
A PAST FORGOTTEN ?

We see that today Dr Paisley has driven to Dublin to meet Bertie Ahern passing as he did the victims of South Armagh. He has said that he will provide a strong voice for unionism we wait to see just what his words will deliver. We had raised on a number of occasions with the DUP our problems with the Irish government and their refusal to meet with us. For many years we have been asking for a meeting at which we would raise the issue of the Irish state’s involvement in the Troubles.

For over three decades they have been part of the problem constitutionally they inspired the violence of the PIRA by virtue of their Articles 2&3; they created and armed that group and supplied money and munitions to continue the violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Throughout the Troubles they refused to extradite terrorists and created a safe haven in the south which along with a failure to secure the border led to frequent murderous incursions.

These are the issues that still need to be addressed and if they were not on the agenda then the DUP are failing their people. They may be difficult truths now that the politicians have made their deal but truths they are. If our political leaders drop these issues and demands they are betraying our trust and need to be challenged. For over thirty years we have been let down by that state and their acts of commission and omission cannot be simply forgotten.

 



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