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11 October 2018


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Garry Roche

Apparently the former Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland, Bertie Ahern who has been appointed the head of the Bougainville Referendum Commission is visiting PNG.
It may be of interest to be aware that Bertie Ahern’s own father, Cornelius (Con) Ahern was involved – not with the BRA - but with the IRA (Irish Republican Army) way back in the 1920’s in the Irish “War of Independence” against the English. Con Ahern also was on the losing side of the Civil War that followed gaining of Irish Independence and as a result was for a while imprisoned in the “Tintown” prison camp in the Curragh, Co. Kildare, and during that time was on hunger-strike for a while.
One of the reasons that Bertie Ahern was chosen for the Bougainville issue is that he has been involved with some successful peace agreements, including the one in Northern Ireland. Hopefully the whole process will bring peace and reconciliation

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