The Irish Republican Army leader's wife, Mrs. Mary MacStiofain, yesterday (Monday) met the press at?
The Irish Republican Army leader's wife, Mrs. Mary MacStiofain, yesterday (Monday) met the press at a conference organised by the legal IRA in Dublin. She described the circumstances in which her husband, IRA Chief of Staff Sean MacStiofain, was taken by helicopter to an army camp at Curragh from the hospital where he was under observation.
Mr MacStiofain is on hunger-strike, and says he will not eat while he remains in custody. He was sentenced to six months' jail for belonging to the IRA, in a trial which was seen by observers as a sign that Eire's Premier Jack Lynch has decided to get tough with the IRA.
The illegal organisation had been operating openly in the Republic, and it was an open secret that its leaders operated a headquarters in Dublin from which they directed their campaign of bombing and shooting in Northern Ireland.