Damien Kiberd welcomes the IRA’s move, but he argues that they may have left Catholic populations in Northern Ireland. It’s probably true that that is a thought in many peoples’ mind in the light of their historical experience. Although as Father Brian D’arcy pointed out on RTE this afternoon, the ‘Pogroms’ of 1969 were actively backed by individual B Specials – a situation that no longer applies.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty