News / UK and world by Press Association August 14, 2019, 7:51 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A man whose father was shot dead by the IRA as he walked home described the presence of the British Army on the streets of Northern Ireland as “reassuring”. The special operation, known as Operation Banner, lasted for almost 40 years and involved over 300,000 British army personnel. Troops were deployed in Northern Ireland as the Troubles flared across the region. Martyn McCready, whose father John was shot dead on his mother’s birthday in north Belfast in 1976, was among those who welcomed troops. He said the arrival of British soldiers changed the atmosphere “for the better”, adding that he felt “reassured” by their presence. He said: “The feeling was great because everybody wanted to see the troops in. “The Army changed the atmosphere here for the better. They were sent here as a peace force to look after both sides. “But one side thought they were looking after the other more. “I never had any bother with the Army, if you have nothing to fear, you have nothing to hide. “I felt reassured by them being here…. Read full this story
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