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  Backlash after O’Neill says there was ‘no alternative’ to conflict during Troubles
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Aug 05, 2022 04:27pm
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AuthorRory Carroll
News DateThursday, August 4, 2022 06:15:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMichelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin’s first minister designate, has sparked a backlash in Northern Ireland for saying there was “no alternative” to the IRA’s armed campaign during the Troubles.

O’Neill suggested the Irish Republican Army, which killed about half of the 3,600 people killed during the 30-year conflict, had no choice but to shoot and bomb until the 1998 Good Friday agreement.

“I don’t think any Irish person ever woke up one morning and thought that conflict was a good idea, but the war came to Ireland,” she told the BBC in an interview broadcast this week. “I think at the time there was no alternative, but now, thankfully, we have an alternative to conflict and that’s the Good Friday agreement.”

Unionist politicians and victims’ rights groups accused O’Neill of ignoring historical reality and justifying mass murder.
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