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Dismissed Irish army officer fights to clear name

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

De Roiste, a brother of Irish presidential candidate Adi Roche, is in New York this week to launch a campaign aimed at uncovering the real reasons as to why he was dismissed without explanation from the Irish army in 1969.
And he has some big guns at his side, among them author and journalist Don Mullan, who has made his name as a groundbreaking investigator into the hidden circumstances surrounding both Bloody Sunday in Derry and the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings.
De Roiste, a lieutenant at the time, was “retired” from the Irish army “in the interests of the service.” He was never told why he had been dismissed, never allowed to answer any charges or face any accusers.
The formal retirement order came from then President Eamon de Valera. It was a bitter blow to a family that had long ties to de Valera and the Fianna F

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