Former IRA member from Rockland supports peaceful end to conflict in Northern Ireland
A former member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), who now resides in Rockland, has joined other local Irish-Americans in supporting the IRA?s decision to renounce violence as a way to revive peace efforts.
Rockland County resident Brian Pearson spent 12 years in prison for his role in a bombing attack on a British Army barracks in 1974. He is now supporting the decision by the IRA to drop its weapons and find a peaceful way to end conflict in Northern Ireland. Pearson says with the recent terror attacks in London along with 9/11, the hope for peace is stronger.
Part of McClean Avenue in Yonkers is home to one of the largest Irish populations in the region. The sentiments from residents there are that the call for peace is long overdue.