Pope John Paul II has decided not to include Northern Ireland in his Irish tour later next month.
Pope John Paul II has decided not to include Northern Ireland in his Irish tour later next month. A vatican spokesman said today (29 August) that in view of the murders of twenty two people on Monday (27 August) the Pope would not visit the troubled British province. Meanwhile British British Minister Margaret Thatcher made a spontaneous and defiant decision to go to Ireland on Wednesday (29 August), after a briefing from the Northern Ireland Secretary Mr. Humphrey Atkins on Monday's bombings. Mrs. Thatcher is taking personal charge of the government's response to Lord Mountbatten's assassination and the killing of eighteen soldiers on Monday. She arrived in Belfast unannounced, and then went right to the frontline territory of South Armagh.