Tension is mounting in Dublin following a week of debate on a plan by Prime Minister Jack Lynch to crush the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
Tension is mounting in Dublin following a week of debate on a plan by Prime Minister Jack Lynch to crush the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Mr. Lynch is fighting for the survival of his government which has only a one-seat majority in the Dail, the Irish Parliament. The strength of the two major opposition parties, together with independents, seems enough to defeat the plan... but observers in Dublin feel that if a snap general election is called over the issue, Mr. Lynch will win a resounding vote of support from the people. Government confidence in public backing has been increased by the failure of IRA backers to win mass support in the streets. Widespread appeals for supporters to demand the release of Sean McStiofain, jailed leader of the IRA Provisional Wing, found only about 2,000 people prepared to march. Mr. Lynch's tough proposals include legislation which would allow a court to find a person guilty of being a member of an illegal organisation on the word of a senior police officer. The opposition feels this type of measure is excessive and repugnant to basic principles of Justice. Mr. Lynch may yet agree to put a time limit on the legislation.