This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Provisional IRA ceasefire. Allowing for the brief breakdown the following year, it marked the end of a paramilitary campaign that had lasted an astounding 23 years since Gunner Robert Curtis became the first British soldier to be shot dead on Belfast’s New Lodge Road in February 1971.
In terms of duration, the campaign is close to the top of the global annals of guerrilla warfare. Only the...
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