Thursday February 20, 2020

Republican habit of rough justice dies hard

What happened to Mairia Cahill was typical of how republicans handled trouble in nationalist strongholds during the Troubles.

26th October, 2014
Mairia Cahill speaks to the media outside Government Buildings about her rape claims controversy. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Maintaining law and order in Belfast during the violent days of the Troubles was no easy task. Anti-police graffiti was a common sight on walls across the city. Many hardline republican neighbourhoods were no-go areas where police officers would seldom tread and even more rarely be called in by locals to investigate crimes.

In the absence of an effective police force, paramilitaries on both sides became the law. Their justice was often rough and ready....

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