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‘It’s all going to start down here’
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The first fatality in the Republic was a loyalist. But with violence intensifying in the North, loyalists began to carry out more deadly actions. In the midst of an IRA hunger-strike and government attempts to introduce new security measures, bombs claimed their first fatalities in Dublin. Loyalists claimed their actions were aimed at reminding the 'people of the Republic of their vulnerability to acts of terrorism and their ambivalence towards it'. The impact of deaths caused by republicans depended on the nature of the victim, the location and the circumstances of their death. After Provisional IRA hoax bombings in Dublin during early 1974, the Irish Press warned that such actions were 'pointless and counter-productive'. To those not involved in politics, the shootings and bombings often seemed bewildering and contributed to a pervasive feeling that the violence was 'all going to start down here'.

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