IRELAND: War of Attrition

Prime Minister John Lynch last week carried through with his promise to crack down on Irish Republican Army terrorists in Eire. He ordered home the bulk of Ireland's 391-man military force from U.N. peace-keeping duties in Cyprus to bolster patrols trying to prevent the I.R.A. from slipping back and forth across the Ulster border. Irish police arrested three I.R.A. suspects, on charges of illegally possessing arms and ammunition, at their homes in Bundoran, a favorite frontier sanctuary of gunmen. One of them was Joseph O'Neill, a prominent I.R.A. political leader.

The response to the arrests was a series of fierce...

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