Paras return to Northern Ireland

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Paras return to

Northern Ireland

The Parachute Regiment is earmarked to return to Northern Ireland next year. The news comes two months after the regiment's 2nd Battalion left Belfast following a two-year tour of the province.

There had been suggestions that the regiment would be withdrawn following the IRA ceasefire. However, senior Army sources denied the speculation and 2 Para is scheduled for a six-month tour in the latter part of 1996. Sinn Fein attacked the decision as "provocative and insensitive" and a backward step in the search for peace.

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