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Irish records say Lord Mountbatten, killed by IRA, supported unification of Ireland

Irish records say Lord Mountbatten, killed by IRA, supported unification of Ireland

Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was killed by the Irish Republican Army in 1979, supported unification of Ireland as the ultimate solution to sectarian strife in Northern Ireland, according to records released Friday by the National Archives.
The IRA's violent campaign was intended to force the unification of the independent south of the island and British-ruled Northern Ireland.
Donal O'Sullivan, then the Irish ambassador in London, reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs about a meeting with Mountbatten at a banquet at Windsor Castle on April 11, 1972.
O'Sullivan said Mountbatten, an uncle of Prince Philip, the queen's husband, had expressed hope that Prime Minister Edward Heath's approach to the North would secure reunification.
"Lord Mountbatten said he wished me to know that he and many of his friends have been deeply impressed by the positive Dublin reaction to the Heath initiative," O'Sullivan wrote.
"They hope that this can be developed into a 'major advance towards the final solution.' Reunification is the only eventual solution. If there is anything he can do to help he will be most happy to co-operate."
Mountbatten, 79, was killed on Aug. 27, 1979, by the blast from a 50-pound (23-kilogram) bomb on board his fishing boat. Also killed were Lady Patricia Brabourne, 82, Nicholas Knatchbull, 14, and Paul Maxwell, 15.


Updated : 2020-12-01 08:01 GMT+08:00