CNI PRESS WATCH – Fresh evidence from the archives: When did Martin McGuinness actually leave the PIRA?

A previously unseen archival document compiled on behalf of the Conservative Party Northern Ireland Committee, dated 3 July 1975, and located in the Julian Amery Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, University of Cambridge, reveals that despite Martin McGuinness’s repeated assurances that he left the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) in 1974, senior members of the British Conservative Party and British Army believed that McGuinness was still a prominent ‘I.R.A. leader’ in Derry by the summer of 1975, to quote the aforementioned memorandum, writes Dr Stephen Kelly on Slugger O’Toole. Click here – CNI -Press Watch March 14