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    Default Frank Aiken, time for reassessment?

    Bryce Evans has an article here calling for a fresh look at Frank Aiken.

    Frank Aiken: Nationalist and Internationalist | The Irish Story

    Evans argues that he deserves better than being remembered as sectarian killer (for the Altnaviegh affair) and that he deserves credit for his role pushing decolonisation in Africa in the 1950s and 60s.

    I believe an upcoming conference of historians in Liverpool is going to examine his story.

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    Not likely. The Altnaveigh "affair" (as you call it) and Creggan exposed him as a vicious sectarian nutjob.
    What have British in Ireland contributed to Ireland? Nothing of the scale that the Irish have contributed to Britain. - Runswithwind.

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    Sectarian and pro-Nazi. A dirt-bird.

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    Here's a discussion from this site some years ago

    http://www.politics.ie/forum/current...rish-hero.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Sectarian and pro-Nazi. A dirt-bird.
    You'll provide sources for your novel claim he was pro-Nazi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    You'll provide sources for your novel claim he was pro-Nazi?
    Henry Patterson - Ireland Since 1939 The Persistence of Conflict, Page 61.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Henry Patterson - Ireland Since 1939 The Persistence of Conflict, Page 61.
    I don't think he was 'pro-Nazi' so much as pro Irish neutrality to be fair.

    The Altnaveigh thing is a stain on his reputation for sure - though it was an ugly situation he did not start. (I think I went into details in the thread above). But aside from hero or villain type assessments, he was one of the main builders of the southern Irish state and his role in this capacity does deserve historical examination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Henry Patterson - Ireland Since 1939 The Persistence of Conflict, Page 61.
    That's not very helpful. Could you transcribe the relevant quote?

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    But he was from FF and the old IRA.

    He had to be a saint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD66 View Post
    I don't think he was 'pro-Nazi' so much as pro Irish neutrality to be fair.

    The Altnaveigh thing is a stain on his reputation for sure - though it was an ugly situation he did not start. (I think I went into details in the thread above). But aside from hero or villain type assessments, he was one of the main builders of the southern Irish state and his role in this capacity does deserve historical examination.
    And as there is concurrent thread at the moment on NATO membership, his importance in the development of a "positive neutrality" tradition is also quite relevant.

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