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Spotlight On The Troubles: A Secret History: #5

17/08/2021

2019 Documentary Series from the BBC

Fifty years on from when The Troubles accelerated with the arrival of the troops on the streets of Northern Ireland.

Episode five traces how unionist anger grew as IRA attacks on the security forces killed members of their community.

When Margaret Thatcher signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985, giving the Republic of Ireland political influence in the North, the anger spilled over into talk of insurrection.

The programme reveals how loyalist groups rearmed and used intelligence leaks from soldiers and police to boost their campaign of killing, including new information about MI5 agents operating inside the largest loyalist group, the Ulster Defence Association.

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