|Date:||20th October 1979|
|Publication:||An Phoblacht Republican News|
|Issue:||Volume 1, Number 38|
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This copy of An Phoblacht/Republican News joins other editions in the Archive. This one from 1979 bridges the gap between the mid-1970s and the mid-1980s.
The front page article argues that:
‘SURPRISING’, ‘SHOCKING’ and ‘EMBARRASSING’ is how most of the Irish newspapers and political commentators described a survey which shows that 72% of people in the Free State are in favour of a unilateral British withdrawal, that 21% of the people are in support of I RA activities and ’42°/o sympathise with their motives! The slavish mentality of the establishment was ex pressed best by the Irish Press which was worried about the consternation it would cause loyalists and that it would prejudice British opinion!
Another piece states:
THE IRA’s ambush of two British soldiers in plain-clothes at the bottom of Belfast’s Whiterock Road a week last Monday was a double success. Not only was it a technical military success in undoubtedly curbing the activities of Brit undercover men – one was killed and one seriously wounded – but also brought immediate political and propaganda pay-offs in encouraging ‘troops out’ sentiment in England.
There are many interesting pieces but of particular interest is one on the Left Press which looks at ‘Irish Socialist’, ‘Starry Plough’, ‘Socialist Republic’, ‘Militant’ and ‘United Irishman’. It also looks at ‘Comment’ from the British and Irish Communist Organisation. Of this latter it says.
COMMENT is the fortnightly magazine of th British and Irish Communist Organisation (BICO) who are the main proponents of the two-nations theory. As the BICO support the British occupation of the north • a basis for the advance of Socialism, they have earned themselves the same sort of respect that is due to the Flat Earth Society.