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Images: Margaret Thatcher and Ireland

FORMER Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – who passed away this morning (April 8) –  will be remembered for her uncompromising policies in Northern Ireland during her 11 years in office between 1979 and 1990, which saw the death of 10 prisoners in a hunger strike.

Many of those who supported her will say her hard line was partly down to after the IRA killed her close ally Airey Neave in a 1979 car bomb attack and  came close to killing her in a bomb in Brighton in 1984.

In 1985 she signed the Anglo-Irish agreement, which for the first time gave the Republic of Ireland an advisory role over the governance of Northern Ireland.

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The agreement paved the way for the IRA’s first ceasefire in 1994 and the 1998 Good Friday agreement.

Here our some images related to Thatcher’s relationship with Ireland.

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2 comments on “Images: Margaret Thatcher and Ireland”

  1. nigel simmons

    BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS –THE BIG LIE
    This Country is run on a Capitalist System the Semi Socialist years of Old Labour were wiped off the face of the Earth by Thatcher .What ardent supporters of Capitalism like Thatcher,Blair and Cameron don’t or didn’t tell us is that Capitalism thrives on Unemployment and Underemployment .That is one of the Basic Factors of how Capitalism works .Now they are taking it a step further and introducing Mandatory Workfare .
    We did not need to be Educated in Financial Matters to appreciate that Thatcher was decimating our Country in Favour of a minority getting Richer .She even employed her own Economist Alan Walters who if the Treasury disagreed with Thatcher Walters would argue her case ,this practice ended when both resigned through frustration .
    Blair & Cameron are both Thatcherite protégé’s ,all three could look us in the eye and categorically state that the Countries woes were anything but the Greed of Capitalism .Benefit Fraud,Scoungers,Malingerers the Unemployed the NHS the Weather anything but any of the true reasons one being Immigration for cheap Labour .Leading Hedge Fund owners got personal remunerations last year of £2.5 Billion .Politicians are in Charge get it right or put it right don’t push the blame like lame ducks .
    We swallowed the Big Lie and continue to do so .No wonder they treat us like Plebs .
    http://brokenbritishpolitics.simplesite.com

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