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Internment in Northern Ireland in 1971.

davidcameron

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The idea of re-introducing internment for Irish republican militants came from the unionist government of Northern Ireland, headed by Prime Minister Brian Faulkner. It was agreed to re-introduce internment at a meeting between Faulkner and UK Prime Minister Edward Heath on 5 August 1971.
Although Northern Ireland had a Unionist-dominated devolved parliament at the time, the British government could have brought in legislation in Westminster to take control of security in Northern Ireland at the time if it wanted to.

So why didn't Heath just tell Faulkner not to implement the policy of internment?
 


michael-mcivor

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Brits be stupid be it bringing in Internment against the Catholic people or be it Brexit- it’s one disaster after another with fake smiles and nothing but lies-
 

EnglishObserver

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How bad would the situation have got without internment? Violence was already on a fast rising curve/
 

McTell

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Seems that internment worked in the late 50s "border war". In north and south.

Our internor-in-chief being Charles Haughey, junior Justice minister under Lemass. But it didn't work in 1971.
 


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