New Face

The Irish news has lost Jude Collins, an excellent and fair writer and “gained” Jim Gibney.
First column today – MOPEry, whingefest and in a piece entirely about the Short Strand not a mention of the McCartney murder, merely praise for the IRA. Same tired old nonsense as usual from Sinn Féin.
Not Impressed Noel.

“Employment for thousands of protestant men and women. But not for the Catholic men and women, of the Short Strand rearing their families.
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By the time the British army arrived at dawn the young men and women with the rifles, had grown in stature. With their weapons, they disappeared into the two-up-two-down houses and found refuge. They reemerged as IRA heroes. The modern IRA was born.
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And while the storm of accusation continues unabated about the IRA and Sinn Fein and what their real status is, the people of the Short Strand – like their equivalents all over the country – are proud of the republicans that their district produced since 1969.”

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