Thursday, July 19, 2012

On July 19

On this day in ...
... 1997 (15 years ago today), on the heels of a call for truce by the republican political party Sinn Féin, the Irish Republican Army declared a ceasefire in the Troubles that had plagued the north of Ireland since the 1960s. This truce, the IRA's 2d such announcement in 3 years, began at noon the next day. It was to be monitored by Northern Ireland Secretary Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam MP, whom IntLawGrrls have honored as a foremother. The ceasefire set in motion events -- including an October 1997 handshake between the Sinn Féin leader and the British Prime Minister -- and that would lead to the 1998 Good Friday Peace Accords. The latest installment in the process was the handshake, just 3 weeks ago, between former IRA commander Martin McGuinness, now Deputy PM of Northern Ireland, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The queen wore green.

(Prior July 19 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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