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Dolours Price • 14 July 2004

I am confused. I was in the I.R.A myself once and as a volunteer it would have been one of my duties to fight the British Army, maybe even kill one if I had been any kind of a shot.

As a result of my 'Volunteership' I could also expect to be shot and killed or hurt by that British Army.

I am now deeply worried. I watched the news on July 12th and saw a former I.R.A comrade, Gerry Kelly,standing,arms spread wide across a retreating British Army jeep protecting the British soldiers inside!

I have not slept a wink since seeing that. Did some incompetent give me the wrong instructions when I joined the I.R.A? I will be very cross indeed if I find out that I was inducted into the Army by some eejet who got things arse about face!

I saw poor Gerry the next day, looking to be in great pain, his arm in a sling. Again was I misinformed when I was told I might have to suffer for Ireland, Gerry is suffering for Britain today?

If I did mis-read induction papers and wrongly thought that I was to fight, not defend British soldiers then I must say, in my own defence,that mine was a genuine mistake. I suppose it is a bit late to apologise to any British soldiers I may have hurt but if it can be any consolation to them I will be lighting candles in St Mary's chapel today for my sin of misunderstanding.

I remain yours in deep anguish and embarrassment.














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15 July 2004

Other Articles From This Issue:

Helping the Brits
Geraldine Adams

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa
Dolours Price

Antebellum Antrim Town - still a cold house for Catholics and a fridge freezer for Irish Republicans
Sean Mac Aughey

Throughly Middleclassed Millie
Marc Kerr

Treating Opression and Depression
Sean Fleming

Wake up, Ireland!
Patrick Lismore

Response to US Designation

Fallen Generals
Anthony McIntyre

John Negroponte: Dorian Gray Goes to Iraq
Toni Solo

11 July 2004

Miscarriages of Justice
Martin Cunningham

Dolours Price

Yes, Let's Do
George Young

Interview with Bill Lowry:
Forbidden Fruit
Out from the Shadows
Political Policing
Anthony McIntyre


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