The World: A Portrait Gallery of Provisionals

ABOUT 80% of the members of the Irish Republican Army now belong to its militant, fiercely nationalistic Provisional wing. Three men closely identified with its leadership:

SEAN MACSTIOFÁIN, 42, the army's Southern-based chief of staff. He was born near London, and until twelve years ago he answered to both his English name, John Stephenson, and his adopted Gaelic name. Caught up in the republican movement through his Irish heritage, he married an Irish girl from Cork after having served three years in the R.A.F. and joined the I.R.A. He also worked for British Railways as a trainee inspector, a job that gave...

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