‘Dissident republicans must learn from what happened’, says ex-IRA man

The scene at the top of Chichester Street in Belfast City Centre beside Victoria Square where a car bomb partially exploded last year.

The scene at the top of Chichester Street in Belfast City Centre beside Victoria Square where a car bomb partially exploded last year.

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A former republican prisoner who was suspended and dismissed from the IRA when he was in his 20s for publicly highlighting “the sectarian turn of the campaign”, has now said dissident republicans “must adhere to the lessons of the past”.

Martin McAllister, 59, from a strong republican background in Crossmaglen said at the start of the Troubles “none of us were aware of where it would lead us because you cannot predict that”.

Martin McAllister
Martin McAllister

“I found myself in the Kesh and in 1976 I got suspended and dismissed from the IRA because I wrote outside against the wishes of the OC complaining about the sectarian turn of the IRA campaign,” he said.

 

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