Martin McGuinness And Mountbatten

Ed Moloney on today's Galway meeting between Prince Charles and two former Provisional IRA chiefs of staff. Ed Moloney is an Irish investigative journalist. He was the project director for Boston College’s oral history project. He blogs at The Broken Elbow. 

I see the Irish media is now speculating that Martin McGuinness will join Gerry Adams when he meets Prince Charles in Galway at a private encounter some time tomorrow.

How many, I wonder, of our esteemed television and newspaper correspondents will remind their viewers and readers that in August 1979, when Charles’ ‘Uncle Dickie’ was sent to his maker by an IRA bomb, that the man who gave the final order to kill him, the then Chief of Staff of the IRA, was none other than Martin McGuinness.

How much, dear reader, would you pay to be a fly on the wall at that gathering in Galway tomorrow?

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

3 comments to ''Martin McGuinness And Mountbatten"

  1. 'How much, dear reader, would you pay to be a fly on the wall at that gathering in Galway tomorrow'?

    Wouldn't go for free. A British and colonial admin gathering.

  2. Prince meets Queens Viceroy?

  3. True Story : Mountbattens great grandson Nick Knatchbull was in a "friends" first year Physics courses at University. We didnt know who he was at the time, but after Knatchbull dropped out it was in the papers he was an heir to a 100m fortune but was addicted to heroin and crack. Its funny becuase my "freind" used to wear a Provo t-shirt around and Knatchbull asked him was he a member when we were smoking before a morning lecture (but not in a hostile way). It felt kind of strange recollecting that moment after we found out who he was.


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