Events in the North were the bane of Haughey’s career

Events in the North were the bane of Haughey’s career

In August 1969, in the aftermath of the Apprentice Boys march in Derry, widespread civil disorder blazed across the North. In Belfast, the situation rapidly escalated into crisis proportions as loyalist mobs began invading nationalist areas in the we

Streets in the Falls Road area were burned down by the mobs, as both RUC and B Specials stood by watching. In this pre-Provisional IRA era, a limited armed resistance was put up by freelance republicans. Had the mobs only known it, they could have inflicted major damage on the nationalist areas. Not for the first time in history, Northern nationalists, in particular Belfast nationalists, were becoming the meat in the new 1960s historical sandwich. As refugees fled south, the wider implications of a potential major pogrom were being politically digested in both Belfast and Dublin.

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