St. George Unofficial Bank Holiday

Monday, August 14, 2006

August 14th

1969: British troops sent into Northern Ireland
The British Government has sent troops into Northern Ireland in what it says is a "limited operation" to restore law and order.

It follows three days and two nights of violence in the mainly-Catholic Bogside area of Londonderry. Trouble has also erupted in Belfast and other towns across Northern Ireland.

It also comes after a speech by the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic, Jack Lynch, regarded by many as "outrageous interference" in which he called for a United Nations peacekeeping force to be sent to the province.

The army's warm welcome was short-lived, as was the British Government's intention to pull out the troops within days.
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