State Papers of 1973, now released under the 30 year
rule, reveals that the British Government believed
that the new Dublin government elected in March 1973
would be "the best Irish government [they] could
hope to have".
Brits certainly knew their men, Liam Cosgrave, Garret
FitzGerald and Conor Cruise O'Brien.
Foreign Minister, Garret FitzGerald's influence was
truly baleful. By his fanatical hatred of Republicans
-- fueled by his desire to prove that his family were
on the 'right side' during the Irish Civil War --
he let the British off the hook and collaborated with
the oppression of Catholics in Northern Ireland. He
made Irish embassies all over the world, especially
in Washington, outlets for British propaganda on Northern
Ireland. He was certainly "the best" the
British could have. That should be his epitaph.
FitzGerald and Conor Cruise O'Brien had any shame,
they would surely stop commentating on the Irish peace-process,
which, if they had their way, never would have come
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