October 13: TODAY in Irish History:
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1875: John Francis O’Sullivan – Medal of Honor
County Kerry born John Francis O’Sullivan is awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Indian Wars. His Citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private John Francis O’Sullivan, United States Army, for gallantry in a long chase after Indians on 8 December 1874, while serving with Company I, 4th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Staked Plains, Texas.
O’Sullivan is buried in Woodside, New York.
1994: Loyalist Ceasefire announced.
Loyalist para-military groups announce ceasefire in Northern Ireland. Loyalist leader Gusty Spence who had been convicted of killing a Catholic barman in 1966 read a statement on behalf of the Combined Loyalist Military Command consisting of Ulster Volunteer Force, Ulster Defence Association and the Red Hand Commando stating that the Command would “cease operational hostilities.” The move came after a similar announcement by the IRA seven weeks previously.
The loyalists also offered a statement of remorse. Gusty Spence, who had been convicted of a sectarian murder almost thirty years previously read the statement and offered an apology.
“In all sincerity, we offer to the loved ones of all innocent victims over the past 25 years abject and true remorse – Let us firmly resolve to respect our differing views of freedom, culture and aspiration and never again permit our political circumstances to degenerate into bloody warfare.”
Gusty Spence Announces Loyalist Ceasefire
2006: St. Andrews Agreement.
A momentous day in Northern Irish politics as parties from both sides of the divide come together to sign the St Andrews in relation to the devolution of power to Northern Ireland. The agreement resulted from multi-party talks held in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, from 11 October to 13 October 2006, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. It resulted in the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the formation (on 8 May 2007) of a new Northern Ireland Executive and a decision by Sinn Féin to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland, courts and rule of law.
READ: St. Andrews Agreement
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