UNIONIST SUPPORT FOR CROWN FORCES by Donal Kennedy


SIr,

Andy Pollack tells us that the Unionists have always supported the RUC and other Crown Forces.

The first RUC man killed in the late unpleasantness was Constable Arbuckle, shot by armed Unionist civilians in September 1969, were protesting at the prospect of the RUC being disarmed.

There are still some of us who can  remember 1969.  In 1969 there were still many who could remember 1912, the year Connolly founded the Irish Labour Party, hoping to run candidates for a Home Rule Parliament. As Robert Lynd observed after Connolly’s death, Irish nationalists were as addicted to parliamentary politics as they were to the teapot.

The Ulster Unionists, financed by millionaires in London organised their own Freikorps and threatened war on the United Kingdom. And well-mounted officers and gentlemen at the Curragh threatened to resign their commissions if asked to defend their armouries from the Unionist rebels.

The MORNING POST in London and Lenin in Geneva were agreed on the significance of the Curragh affair.

Yours faithfully

Donal Kennedy

LONDON

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