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In the year since the Good Friday agreement, media attention has focused on how hardliners discipline their "own." John O'Farrell of Belfast's Fortnight magazine reports

By John O'Farrell   April 1999

Maureen Kearney is a republican. Her father was in the IRA at the same time as Joe Cahill and Gerry Adams’s father. During the hunger strike in 1981, she placed ten candles in the window of her Twinbrook home. Since then, she has placed a candle in her window every Christmas “for the prisoners.” She, like most of her family, voted Sinn Fein (SF) in last year’s Northern Ireland assembly elections.

This did not stop eight IRA men killing her son in New Lodge flats last July. Andrew Kearney was sitting up late, minding his two-week-old daughter, Caitlin Rose, as…

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