Irish Left Republican Party Sean Fein expressed regret for the 1979 IRA attack on Senior British Naval Officer Lord Louis Mountbatten.) A hunt dawned on him in Mulagmore, Ireland. Mountbatten’s 14-year-old grandson and two others were also killed.
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“Of course I’m sorry this happened, it’s heartbreaking of course,” Mary Lou Macdonald, leader of the Sinn Féin party, said on Sunday. The party is a political continuation of the IRA.
It is the first time that the political leader of the Irish Republicans has apologized for the bombing. McDonald’s predecessor, Jerry Adams, said at the time that Mountbatten was a “legitimate target”.
At that time, a bloody battle rages in and over Northern Ireland, also known as The Troubles. The Catholic Republicans wanted it to be part of Ireland again, and the pro-British and Protestant Unionists felt that Northern Ireland should remain in the United Kingdom. The battle killed 3,500 people. A peace agreement was concluded in 1998.
In recent weeks, tensions have escalated in Northern Ireland again as a result of Brexit. Many pro-British residents are strongly opposed to the new trade barrier being introduced between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom as part of Brexit.
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