That sounds convincing enough as a possible answer. I really do not have hatred against the mainstream BA (bar the paras who are/were fkn mongs IMO). I think that the provos should have targeted way more huns in the UDR. I don't think that some 19-year-old working class man from Yorkshire who couldnt find any other job deserves to be shot at.
No I dont think that most people in GB really care. Its not really a good thing to shoot some Englishman or Welshmen that doesnt even want to be there, or blow up the changing of the guard for the craic or royal marine musicians trained as stretcher-bearers. The sectarian, demented and evil prod militants in the UDR were legitimate targets as far as I'm concerned.
I'm only at page 16, and I see we've reached 34. You've already said half a dozen times you are leaving, but I reckon it's evens you're still on here (moth, flame).
Since evil, demented loyalist paramilitary organisations did not exist in the border areas, maybe you can explain how the working class meat packers, small farmers, factory workers, bricklayers, grocers, milkmen and bus drivers who topped up their family income in the UDR deserved murdering as 'huns'.
I know it doesn't really interest you, but the real reason was that Irish fishers were prevented from setting to sea by the Andrew. It's that simple.
[My bold in your post] You might be thinking in too modern a time-frame. In those days, no-one prevented anyone from going anywhere they wanted, and passports weren't required.
Also mentioned by ShakespeareEnglish Passports were first documented in the 1414 Safe Conducts Act.
Fun Fact: The first documented use of a passport was around 450BC, when the Persian King Artaxerxes issued one to his mate Nehemiah who was looking to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (building walls eh, I knew we'd get back to the Irish!).