Northern Ireland Report, No. 21
Date:11th January 1995
Publication:Northern Ireland Report
Issue:Number 21
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

3rd February 2020

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

This edition of Northern Ireland Report joins others in the Archive. As with others it has a broad focus, including articles on Community Policing and an interview with Ruairi O’Bradaigh. There’s also an article by John O’Connor on Austere Reformism, Part 1: A Historical Primer on the Irish Labour Party.

There’s also part two of a first-person account by Maze escaper Pol Brennan about what happened during ‘The Great Escape’. The las page has a ‘Message of Freedom and hope to the People of and South Armagh’ from Republican Sinn Féin which warns against a ‘new Treaty’ akin to that signed in 1921.

The editorial notes harassment of Sinn Féin and former IRA members by the British Army despite the then PIRA ceasefire. It argues that:

Adams & Co are walking a tight-rope. True, they can claim some successes, the McGunness delegation’s historic meeting at Storming; equal participation in Reynolds Forum for Peace and Reconciliation; Adams accessing the White House. But it is too easy to confuse access to the corridors of state power with the acquisition of real political power. To all appearances, Major remains intent on isolating the republican movement, as evidence by his refusal to participate in Reynold’s Forum and his exclusionary slight blocking SF’s participation in the recent Belfast economic conference. As such, rank-and-file republicans must ask: What concrete concession has Major offered so far?

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