Ulster Protestant clergyman, the Reverend William Arlow, who played a key role in the I.R.A.?
Ulster Protestant clergyman, the Reverend William Arlow, who played a key role in the I.R.A. ceasefire negotiations last year, intervened in the Irish kidnapping case on Sunday (5 October) with a visit to Portleasha Jail near Dublin.
Mr. Arlow was accompanied by Sinn Fein representative, Mr. Bill Smith, and they tried to persuade I.R.A. prisoners Kevin Mallon and James Hyland to sign a statement condemning the kidnapping of Dutch businessman, Dr. Tiede Herrema. The kidnap gang have declared that they'll spare the life of Dr. Herrema. The kidnap gang have declared that they'll spare the life of Dr. Herrema if the two Provisional -- and I.R.A. sympathiser, Dr. Bridget Rose Dugdale are freed.
However, Mallon and Hyland rejected the mediators; requests for the signing of the document. No immediate explanation as to why they refused was given.
Meanwhile, armed Irish soldiers and unarmed police continued the search for the kidnap gang. The police had hoped the intervention by Mr. Arlow might have achieved some success. However, after its failure they were pinning their hopes that the dragnet thrown around the Limerick area -- from where Dr. Herrema was kidnapped -- would produce results.