The Irish Republican Army, Ireland's most fanatical antiRoyalist group, have long been a headache to the Government of Northern Ireland. According to Belfast's police, they staged the burnings, beatings and bombings specially arranged for the State visit of King George & Queen Elizabeth (TIME, Aug. 9). They were accused last week of another outrage: attacking a man's home when his person is not available.

The Republicans felt that they had a specially acute grudge against the Rt. Hon. Sir Dawson Bates, 60, Home Secretary of Northern Ireland. He had just taken charge of...

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