IRELAND: The Canny Copter Caper

The length and breadth of Ireland

No finer sight to see,

The day the Provie birdie Released the Mountjoy three.

A new little ditty is now being sung in Catholic pubs all over Northern Ireland. It is also burning the ears of Irish Prime Minister Liam Cosgrave, as well it might. Last week the militant Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army pulled a canny caper in downtown Dublin that made a mockery of Cosgrave's get-tough policy on the I.R.A.

At 3:35 p.m., the shuffling exercise routine in Mountjoy Prison was noisily disturbed when a helicopter suddenly settled in the...

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