Loughgall, 30th Anniversary Discussion.

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The Seán Heuston 1916 Society Dublin are hosting an open discussion into the ambush at Loughgall, we will be hearing accounts of the IRA operation from the families of the IRA Volunteers who took part in it, and their continued search for justice for those murdered at Loughgall.

Venue: Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin, on Wednesday 31st of May at 19:30hrs.

ALL ARE WELCOME.

"The Loughgall ambush took place on 8 May 1987 in the village of Loughgall, Co Armagh. An eight-man unit of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) launched an attack on the village's Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base. Declan Arthurs and Gerard O Callaghan drove a digger with a bomb in its bucket through the base's perimeter fence, while Patrick Kelly,Tony Gormley and Seamus Donnelly fired shots at the front of the barracks. The rest of the unit observed from the van. As soon as the men took aim at the barracks and just before the bomb exploded, the IRA unit was ambushed by a 26 man unit of the British Army's Special Air Service (SAS). The IRA men only fired 72 rounds in total before they were killed.

The British Army and RUC had received detailed intelligence about the IRA's plans and had been waiting in hidden positions. A civilian Mr Anthony Hughes was also killed and his brother Oliver seriously wounded by the SAS after unwittingly driving into the ambush zone. The joint SAS and RUC operation was codenamed, Operation Judy. It was the IRA's greatest loss of life in a single incident during the Troubles.

In 2001 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the eight IRA members and one civilian killed at Loughgall had their human rights violated by the failure of the British Government to conduct a proper investigation into their deaths. The court didn't examine the facts of the killings as they believed that this should be examined in the domestic courts. They ruled that the procedural rights under Article 2 "The right to Life " had been violated because there had never been a full, independent investigation into the deaths. The Court ruled that the British Government had to implement in full all the recommendations of the ruling. To date this has still to be completed.

The SAS fired in excess of 1,200 rounds at the IRA unit, riddling the van with bullets. The eight IRA members were killed in the hail of gunfire; all had multiple wounds and were shot in the head. Declan Arthurs managed to escape into the football field beside the road but was shot dead after climbing over a wall beside a nearby gate. Declan was not armed and it was alleged that a lighter in his hand was mistaken as a weapon. Gerard O Callaghan was also unarmed and was fatally wounded as he crossed the road. Evidence points to the fact that three of the IRA members were shot as they lay seriously wounded or already dead on the ground and in the van."




Those murdered at Loughgall are Vol. Pádraig McKearney, Vol. Jim Lynagh, Vol. Patrick Kelly, Vol. Gerard O'Callaghan, Vol. Tony Gormley, Vol. Seamus Donnelly, Vol. Eugene Kelly, Vol. Declan Arthurs, and civilian Anthony Hughes. May they all rest in eternal peace.
 
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They were setup by the army council.

They wanted rid of Lynagh who was opposed to surrendering and starting a peace process.
 

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They were setup by the army council.

They wanted rid of Lynagh who was opposed to surrendering and starting a peace process.
You haven't a clue what you are talking about. REALLY.

R.I.P. Brave Soldiers of Ireland.
 

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You haven't a clue what you are talking about. REALLY.

R.I.P. Brave Soldiers of Ireland.
So tell us how the SAS knew what they were up to?

Good riddance to them. They would never have accepted the peace process so it was good housekeeping by the Army council.
 

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This was a theory put out there, the Séamus Ó Coisdealbha society held a talk a few weeks ago in the Independent Workers Union on the Loughgall ambush and this was discussed by Tommy McKearney, brother of Vol. Pádraig McKearney. He will also be taking part in this event along with members of the other families. If the Sáamus Ó Coisdealbha event is anything to go by this event isn't to be missed.
 

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So tell us how the SAS knew what they were up to?

Good riddance to them. They would never have accepted the peace process so it was good housekeeping by the Army council.
I'll keep it simple so that you might keep up. Explain how the same Army Council didn't set them up at the Ballygawley attack, didn't set them up at the Birches attack and allowed the same Brigade to carry out the Ballygawley Bus bomb and the shooting down of a Brit Helicopter in Augher?


Take your time.........
 

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This was a theory put out there, the Séamus Ó Coisdealbha society held a talk a few weeks ago in the Independent Workers Union on the Loughgall ambush and this was discussed by Tommy McKearney, brother of Vol. Pádraig McKearney. He will also be taking part in this event along with members of the other families. If the Sáamus Ó Coisdealbha event is anything to go by this event isn't to be missed.
What was?

And what was the supporting EVIDENCE?
 

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I'll keep it simple so that you might keep up. Explain how the same Army Council didn't set them up at the Ballygawley attack, didn't set them up at the Birches attack and allowed the same Brigade to carry out the Ballygawley Bus bomb and the shooting down of a Brit Helicopter in Augher?


Take your time.........
All before they decide to give up the army struggle.
 

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What was?

And what was the supporting EVIDENCE?
Informers, and being sold out by the political leadership because they were against the sell out. Of course no evidence to suggest any of it to be true, with that being said, doesn't mean it didn't happen.
 

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Yes, Murdered by foreign mercenaries.
Doves in the UK State took out people they felt they had to ,to make the Peace Process in a "interesting" helicopter crash in Scotland as well as set up both Billy Wright and George Seawright to be killed by Republicans most very probably though yeah we cannot say for certain, very certain- Doves in the Provisional Movement set at Loughall we can say with the same amount of certainty.

It was a sleazy conflict on all sides for all it's low intensity and in many ways it could be said that it's sleaziness helped to insure it's low intensity.
 

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Informers, and being sold out by the political leadership because they were against the sell out. Of course no evidence to suggest any of it to be true, with that being said, doesn't mean it didn't happen.
And there it rests............Hearsay, nothing more.
 

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Informers, and being sold out by the political leadership because they were against the sell out. Of course no evidence to suggest any of it to be true, with that being said, doesn't mean it didn't happen.
The "Tet Offensive" could have easily created Rwanda in the North Atlantic. Unlike in Algeria where in Pieds Noirs and Harkis were a minority though a more significant than is remembered the PIRA and supporters were facing a majority in Northern Ireland against them with large parts of their own community uneasy to opposed about the armed struggle- in the ROI the Ruling Elite was nearly all opposed with probably a majority militantly so. John Burton reading between the lines it wouldn't be crazy to say favoured the type of military solution that those who became the TUV did.

What is done is done.
 

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Informers, and being sold out by the political leadership because they were against the sell out. Of course no evidence to suggest any of it to be true, with that being said, doesn't mean it didn't happen.
Where were the same informers when a much larger Unit attacked the checkpoint in Derryard?
 

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They were setup by the army council.

They wanted rid of Lynagh who was opposed to surrendering and starting a peace process.
That's just a conspiracy theory.
 

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Doves in the UK State took out people they felt they had to ,to make the Peace Process in a "interesting" helicopter crash in Scotland as well as set up both Billy Wright and George Seawright to be killed by Republicans most very probably though yeah we cannot say for certain, very certain- Doves in the Provisional Movement set at Loughall we can say with the same amount of certainty.

It was a sleazy conflict on all sides for all it's low intensity and in many ways it could be said that it's sleaziness helped to insure it's low intensity.
Again, zero EVIDENCE of any of this.
 


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