30 July 2007

Operation Banner ends

Operation Banner, the Army's emergency operation in Northern Ireland, finally comes to an end tomorrow at midnight. Lasting 38 years it was the Army's longest continuous ever campaign involving more than 300,000 personnel. 763 soldiers were killed during the operation.

The Army will maintain 5,000 troops on garrison duties, thus bringing Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK. Security will be the responsibility of the police.

As I have said before I am pretty agnostic on the future of Northern Ireland (whether it stays part of the UK or forms part of a united Ireland that is). Whatever happens the resolution must be peaceful. I hope that (nationalist AND loyalist) terrorism has been consigned to the dustbin of history and we never see a similar operation in Northern Ireland again


Roland Dodds said...

Let us all hope this is a new age for N. Ireland.

Pete said...

ditto Roland

Hopefully high employment in Ireland (North and Republic) is now making terrorism a less romantic option for youngbloods.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Amen to that. Maybe it will show the way to our doofuses as well...

jams o donnell said...

I hope Northern Ireland has seen the end of the madness. Seeing two people I had considered scum working together for a better place is heartening.

Here's hopeing the economic miracle that the republic has seen hits the North too. Far better than violence in anyone's books

I hope so too Snoopy. If there is a part ofm the world that really needs peace it is your part