We in Loughgall support how SAS stopped the IRA

Aerial view of the bullet riddled van (blue at bottom) in which eight IRA men were shot dead by the SAS outside Loughgall RUC station in 1987. Photo: Pacemaker
Aerial view of the bullet riddled van (blue at bottom) in which eight IRA men were shot dead by the SAS outside Loughgall RUC station in 1987. Photo: Pacemaker

The eight IRA men who were killed by the SAS in Loughgall in 1987, in whose honour Jeremy Corbyn stood, were heavily armed and had set out with lethal intent to commit murder.

As such they were met with a justifiable response by soldiers from the SAS regiment who acted properly in their efforts to prevent the destructive acts of the IRA.

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We are all aware of Mr Corbyn’s connections to a number of terrorist movements and it was just a number of weeks ago that when asked to condemn the actions of the IRA on local radio Mr Corbyn was reluctant to do so.

On top of this the News Letter has now looked into the claim that Mr Corbyn stood in honour of the eight IRA men who were prevented from committing evil in Loughgall in 1987.

It is disgusting that the current leader of the Opposition in Her Majesty’s Parliament displayed such support to the IRA.

We should all be very worried about Mr Corbyn’s views and terrorist sympathies because one day this man could potentially rise to the office of prime minister.

In my opinion a man with such views is totally unfit to hold the highest political office in the United Kingdom.

As a local representative in Loughgall we are all aware that the actions of the SAS on that day were justifiable.

The IRA set out with no regard for human life and they were prepared to wreak maximum destruction on the village.

We can never forget the devastation the IRA brought into many homes across Northern Ireland as they went about murdering and maiming countless individuals.

They also left many people with wounds that can never heal.

It is inexcusable that Jeremy Corbyn stood in honour of such evil people and he must not only apologise for his stance on these issues but must also seriously consider his position.

Jonathan Buckley, DUP councillor, Loughgall Armagh City, Banbridge, Craigavon Borough Council