Friday, 25 February 2011
Libya and the IRA
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has called on Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi to step down and allow his people to have full democratic rights.
Adams said, 'My sympathies are with those demanding democracy and freedom. The Libyan government, like Egypt and many other Arab governments, have been partners in business and oil with Britain, the US and the EU for many years.'
Gerry Adams made specific reference to business partners but omitted to mention another partnership with Libya and that is the IRA partnership with Libya. Gadaffi began to arm the IRA in 1971 and continued to arm it throughout the 1970s and the 1980s. It is estimated that Libyan weapons may have contributed to 1,000 deaths during the Troubles. Attacks carried out with Libyan Semtex included the Enniskillen bomb in 1987, which killed eleven people, and the Ballygawley bus bombing in August 1988, which killed eight soldiers.
Of course it is just possible that Gerry Adams forgot about the IRA partnership with Gaddafi. It may have just slipped his memory. He can't remember being in the IRA, he forgets that Libya armed the IRA ... now there's a man with a serious case of memory loss.
Posted by Nelson McCausland MLA at 21:41