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Southern comfort prolonged North's war

Those who opposed the moves that led to the 1994 IRA ceasefire 20 years ago should now explain themselves, writes Tom McGurk.

31st August, 2014
Historians of the future will be fascinated by the fact that the efforts to bring about the IRA ceasefire were opposed by almost all of the south's comfortable political and media establishment.

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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