Irish Republican Army Statement, August 1969
Date:August 1969
Organisation: Sinn Féin [Pre 1970]
Author:Cathal Goulding
Collection:Remembering 1969
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

17th August 2009

A short document, signed by Cathal Goulding, that outlines the rationale the IRA was using at this point in time.

Note that it asserts that…

Already Northern units of the IRA have been in action in defence of the lives and homes of the people which have been attacked by deliberately fomented sectarian forces, backed up by the B-Specials, with the aim of destroying the natural solidarity and unity of working class people.

Note also that these actions are couched within ‘defensive operations’. It is striking that it refers to ‘all too limited resources’.

Beyond that it’s intriguing that it overtly states that ‘the Republican Movement has been committed to support the moderate demands of the CRM in the genuine hope that reforms obtained by constitutional agitation would provide a framework withing which a peaceful settlement might be arrived at…’ and that ‘we have been reluctantly compelled into military action’.

It also warns the London government that ‘you will have to take the consequences’.

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  • By: Starkadder Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:20:47

    Taking the NI problem to the United Nations? Did that
    particular idea go anywhere?

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