Peace Train Organisation

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The Peace Train Organisation was a campaign group set up in 1989 in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in response to the repeated bombing of the Dublin to Belfast railway line (see Enterprise (train)) by the Provisional IRA.[1][2]

"Peace Train" stopped at Portadown.

The founding Chairman of the Peace Train Organisation was the writer and broadcaster Sam McAughtry while the organisation in the Republic of Ireland was headed up by Rev. Christopher Hudson.[1][2] Other key figures in the organisation south of the border were the then Workers Party MEP Proinsias De Rossa, Tom French and southern secretary Seán Ó Cionnaith.

The organisation organised a Peace Train from Dublin to Belfast - an actual train hired out for the day which brought hundreds of people across the border from all over Ireland as a symbolic gesture to protest the bombing of the railway line. The group marched to Belfast City Hall where an open-air rally was held. The event was not without incident however as a window was broken by a stone-throwing youth and the train was held up by another bomb scare on the line.

It was derided as being a Workers Party PR-stunt by many republicans in Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.[citation needed]

A number of further Peace Train events were held, including a large rally at Oriel Park football ground in Dundalk, Co. Louth.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Keeping track of the Peace Train". The News Letter. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b McCrory, Marie Louise (30 October 2009). "Activists on track to remember Peace Train". The Irish News. Archived from the original on 1 November 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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