The long-lost Jack Lynch interview: “What’s the point of a united Ireland if this is the price to be paid?”

One of the most memorable evenings of my life came when a mutual friend arranged to meet Jack Lynch a few years after he had retired from the political scene. Outside, through the glass window, a silver swirl of stars settled. He was so calm that I imagined if a bomb went off under his bed he would turn over and go back to sleep.

While intrigued by his sporting career, I had to ask him about his involvement in one of the most controversial events in Irish history: the gun trial. It is indicative of his sensitivity on the subject that he said he would speak only on the condition that I would not publish the article until “long after” his death. He was standing on the brink of a past that was terrifying as he recalled with studied eloquence:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/the-long-lost-jack-lynch-interview-what-is-the-point-of-a-united-ireland-if-this-is-the-price-to-be-paid-for-achieving-it-42068427.html The long-lost Jack Lynch interview: “What’s the point of a united Ireland if this is the price to be paid?”

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