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Higgins: Ireland must not forget outrages against Protestants
Sunday 21 August 2016
Among the violence of the era were a series of attacks around the towns of Bandon, Clonakilty and Dunmanway in Co Cork in April 1922, when the IRA killed 13 Protestants. The bloodshed had been the subject of an RTE documentary in 2009, when the broadcaster said that hundreds if not thousands of Protestants fled in terror as a result of the apparently sectarian onslaught. Mr Higgins said that whilst it was important to recognise that “the independence we have today was achieved through a War of Independence”, it was “also important to acknowledge that the recognition that had been given to those unionists seeking a separate status in the north-east corner of the island”.
He said Collins had accepted partition, and added: “Few today would challenge the wisdom of his conscious decision ‘not to coerce the north-east’.” The president said Irish people “need to display courage and honesty as we seek to speak the truth of the period”. This includes an appreciation of the “bewilderment” and “dismay” of RIC officers who were targeted by fellow Irishmen during the War for Independence, for example. He added: “We will be required to face, too, the ruthlessness of many executions performed by the IRA, the mistakes that inevitably happened in killings of purported informers, the executions of Republican prisoners during the Civil War, and the outrages perpetrated during both wars against Protestant people, some of whom were attacked regardless of their actual attitude towards the struggles under way.”
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The confusion stems from Aiken’s position as chairman of the IRA’s Ulster Council. This shadowy body was established by Michael Collins in January 1922 to co-ordinate IRA activity in Northern Ireland. It was composed of the commanders of all those IRA divisions with an operational presence north of the border.
the council’s most significant operation in the months that followed – the abduction of more than 40 unionists from the border areas of Tyrone and Fermanagh – was instigated by another member, Eoin O’Duffy, the pro-Treaty chief-of-staff, and sanctioned by Collins.
When the plans for an offensive were announced in April 1922, seemingly at Collins’s behest,
Ulster Protestants consider themselves to be a separate nation. This nation they call Ulster