Probe into ‘Provo princess’ primary school teacher

IRA men pictured in the Markets area of Belfast in 1992
IRA men pictured in the Markets area of Belfast in 1992

A council has said that it is investigating pro-paramilitary remarks reportedly made by a primary school teacher, but declined to say whether she had been suspended.

According to The Mirror and Scotland’s Daily Record, 24-year-old teacher Anne-Marie Clements from St Mark’s Primary in Barrhead had repeatedly posted pro-IRA slogans on the website Twitter, including images of gunmen, and a remark describing herself as a “Provo princess”.

A statement from East Renfrewshire council said it had a “zero tolerance” policy on inciting hatred, and that the matter was being investigated by them.

It would not say if she had been suspended due to “data protection”.

Scottish police had also been informed, and told the News Letter they were working to establish if an offence had been committed.

The council said it had been notified thanks to a press query, and an email which had been sent to the school.

According to the University of Ulster-run Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN), between 1969 and 2001 the IRA killed 1,823 people.