On the 14th November the Ulster Unionist Party MP, Robert Bradford was shot dead by the IRA; a 29-year old civilian was also killed. Several Catholics were murdered in retaliation, and the attendance at Bradford’s funeral by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was openly criticised by Unionists. This incident is enshrined in Narrative Card #183, and enables – as part of the Development mechanic – the paramilitary factions to target Political Influence counters; this increases Terror/Fear in County Seats, as well as reducing the political presence of either Political Faction.in the affected seat.
“[S]omeone may well ask. “Why recall such things? It is the writer’s duty to tell the terrible truth, and it is a reader’s civic duty to learn this truth. To turn away, to close one’s eyes and walk past is to insult the memory of those who have perished. Only those who have learned the whole truth can ever understand…” (Grossman, V. p165-66, The Hell of Treblinka in The Road: Short Fiction and Essays, Maclehose Press, 2011).
Pat Finucane was an Irish lawyer known for representing Republicans and members of the Irish Republican Army. He was assassinated at his home – shot 14 times – on 1st February 1989 by the Ulster Defence Association, which had colluded with the British Government intelligence service, MI5. The Conservative Leader and Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a formal apology in 2011, and despite the various formal enquiries that ensued, one of which was requested by Amnesty International, no one has ever been prosecuted.
We have introduced an option that allows Factions to deliver the simulated General Election Results from 1966 until 1997, OR choose to deploy the actual Results of the particular Epoch, including the Nationalist and Unionist Ratios.
And as you can see from one of the General Election cards, Domhnall Hegarty’s artwork is truly amazing.
So where are we? We are finalising the Historical Supplement, Counters and Rulebook – in particular the 9 Scenario Epochs.
58 The Arms Crisis The deteriorating relations between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland reached a crisis point in this political scandal involving two serving cabinet ministers of the Irish Government. Charles Haughey (Minister for Finance) and Neil Blaney (Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture) were dismissed after they were accused of attempting to smuggle arms from the South to the IRA in the North, assisted by Captain James Kelly, an Irish Army intelligence offer. As a result of the escalating violence in the North, Jack Lynch’s Government had provided a support fund (￡100,000) for Nationalist families forced from their homes; Haughey had been assigned control of this sum.
Haughey and Blaney were critical of the Republic’s lack of direct action in its policies concerning the North, and what they saw were sectarian motivated activities from a pro-Unionist paramilitary force, viewing the IRA as simply defenders of weaker, Catholic enclaves. At the resulting trial, all charges against Blaney were withdrawn, and Haughey and Kelly were found not guilty. Haughey was demoted to the backbenches, but in 1979, Charles Haughey would become Taoiseach.
You can listen to the RTE documentary about this event here Gunplot.