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Monday, January 04, 2016

IRA COLOUR PARTY 'ARRESTED' BY BRITISH 'SECURITY FORCES'.

IRA COLOUR PARTY 'ARRESTED' BY BRITISH 'SECURITY FORCES'.

1978, Easter Sunday morning : seven IRA recruits crossed the border from Donegal to Derry City ; they were to form the Colour Party for the Easter Commemoration that afternoon, leading the parade through the Creggan and Bogside where Dáithí Ó Conaill delivered the oration. After the event, the Colour Party members went into the Rossville Street flats, stripped off their paramilitary clothes and dark glasses and got into casual clothes. The back road from Creggan to the border had been checked and cleared, they were assured. Some of the seven men wanted to go for a few pints and then take the bus home but, under protest, they all piled into the one car and were driven off. The joint British Army/RUC patrol which intercepted them minutes later already had photographs of all seven men taken from a helicopter during the Easter Parade. IRA membership would be easy to prove....

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