Sunday, February 7, 2010

70 Years Ago Today 7/2/40

London: On this day 70 years ago an IRA bomb injured four people at Euston Station.

Birmingham: On this same day two IRA men were hanged for the Coventry bombings which killed 5 people the previous August. IRA activity during this time naturally led to tension between the British and Irish governments. However Taoiseach Eamon De Valera was keen to show Europe that Ireland's neutrality was real. He viewed the IRA activity as a threat to that neutrality so he spent the war years cracking down severely on the organisation. Several IRA men would be executed.

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