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Say what you like, the Brits sure do know the Irish
Father Sean Mc Manus, Irish National Caucus • 6 January 2004

British State Papers of 1973, now released under the 30 year rule, reveals that the British Government believed that the new Dublin government elected in March 1973 would be "the best Irish government [they] could hope to have".

The Brits certainly knew their men, Liam Cosgrave, Garret FitzGerald and Conor Cruise O'Brien.

As Foreign Minister, Garret FitzGerald's influence was truly baleful. By his fanatical hatred of Republicans -- fueled by his desire to prove that his family were on the 'right side' during the Irish Civil War -- he let the British off the hook and collaborated with the oppression of Catholics in Northern Ireland. He made Irish embassies all over the world, especially in Washington, outlets for British propaganda on Northern Ireland. He was certainly "the best" the British could have. That should be his epitaph.

If FitzGerald and Conor Cruise O'Brien had any shame, they would surely stop commentating on the Irish peace-process, which, if they had their way, never would have come about.























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