The Ancient Order of Hibernians in Ireland and Scotland was at its height a largely self help organisation that held fairly modest parades. The British Welfare reforms of 1948 did away with it’s primary raison d’etre, providing help for the Catholic poor. Now, according to the anti-fascist Searchlight magazine, it is the victim of a campaign of infiltration from the Irish right, lead by former IRA man Gerry McGeogh.
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