Someone said :
He had hollidayed there for years
Thats correct. Thats why he was such an easy target!
lets not pretend that Sligo or anywhere else was swarming with republicans at the time because it was not. Yes you have hardline republicans all over the country but they were few and far between.
Did you grow up in London or somewhere?!! I dont know about Sligo, I remember Mountbatton being murdered and the celebrations at the time!(it was unbelievable!)I also remember IRA meetings and 'festivals' designed to fund the IRA in the area where I grew up (Wicklow and Wexford), they werent few and far between to my recollection Loosey.
He was an old man fishing with family and friends, he should have had nothing to worry about, there was no arrogance involved
Of course he was an old man, and retired!, but given his link to the Royal family and his career, and the warnings he was given. Dont you think, given the very nature of the 'war' (as believed by the perpetrators), that he was irresponsible, even if you take into account the child in his care?
I think it is well and good to be moralistic here, but if I had inside information that I was considered a legitimate target in this area, I would not have been there (regardless of how 'morally wrong' or disempowering that was), and I certainly would not have been there with people who may not have been aware of this or a child. Dont you think that was a bit of a risk? Given the low levels of terrorism that the IRA were known for!