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U.S. support of IRA declines

NEW YORK (AP) - Support from
;Americans for the Irish Republican
jArmy - both cash and guns - has
ideclined significantly in recent years,
(according to sources on both sides of
'the Atlantic.
y As a result, the IRA is said to be in-
Kcreasingly dependent on weapons from
,Europe and the Middle East to wage its
struggle against the British army in
:Northern Ireland.
"MILLIONS OF arms are floating
around overseas," Les Stanford, a
{spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said
,yesterday. "Why do they need the
,hassle of getting them here when
they're available there?"
Last' Sunday, a West German
;newspaper reported that German
terrorists had helped the IRA plan the

killing of Britain's Earl Mountbatten of
Burma. The same day, a former IRA,
member was quoted as saying the IRA
had been receiving aid from the
Palestine Liberation Army and Libyan
leader Col. Moammar Khadafy.
Earlier in this decade, the IRA
received a substantial amount of cash
and guns from U.S. sympathizers.
BUT GUN-RUNNING from the U.S.,
an informed Washington source said
last week, is "way down" since five
New Yorkers were jailed in Fort Worth,
Texas, for contempt in 1973 and five
other men were indicted by a federal
grand jury in Philadelphia in 1975.
"They (the IRA) probably look to
Europe and the Mideast for most of
their weapons," he said.
The IRA; almost exclusively Roman
Catholic, seeks to end British rule in

predominantly Protestant Northern
.'Ireland and unite the six northern coun-
ties with the Irish Republic in the south.
TO THAT END, the IRA's outlawed
provisional wing has battled for 10
years with militant Protestants and
British troops. Its tactics have included
terror attacks on civilians, most
dramatically in the bombing of Lord
Mountbatten's yacht off the Irish Coast
on Aug. 27.
The New York-based Irish Northern
Aid Committee, which one source
called the "main IRA support group in
the U.S.," has reported collecting about.
$1.5 million since January of 1971. But a
U.S. Justice Department official, who
asked not to be identified, said support,
has declined broadly from the early
The Irish Northern Aid Committee
denies any link with the IRA and claims
that its funds go to the dependents of
Irish prisoners.
SPOKESMAN Martin Galvin said in
a recent interview that the group "sup-

ports and endorses the aims and objec-
tives of the Republican movement, the
immediate release of all Irish
prisoners, and a British declaration
spelling out their intent to withdraw."
But he insisted that the committee has
no direct connection with the IRA.
Officially, the U.S. has always taken
a hands-off attitude, calling for a
peaceful settlement, and Irish-
American leaders in the United States
are seen as limiting their support for
the IRA.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, (D-Mass#,),
House Speaker Thomas (Tip) O'Neill,
(D-Mass.), Sen. Daniel Patrick
Moynihan, (D-N.Y.), and New York
Gov. Hugh Carey have been outspoken
in their opposition to the IRA, even
when critical of British handling of the
Nevertheless, all those close to the
situation agree that whatever aid is
provided by the American groups is
still of key psychological value to the

Odd-even rationing
ended in 5states

The Michigan Daily-Friday,;September 7, 1979-Page 1 \
H rry's
j ./
Is Now In Ann Arbor
At 2131 W. Stadium
(Boulevard Plaza)
GOOD SELECTION of Casual Sportswear, including
Jeans, Cords, Flannel Shirts and Sweaters.
SLACKS by Jaymar, Asher and Levi.
DRESS SHIRTS by Excello, Manhattan and Enro.
ALL WEATHER COATS by London Fog and Rainfair.
HARRY'S CHARGE and other major credit cards
Boulevard Plaza next to Farmer Jacks
Open Mon., Thurs., Fri. 10:00 am - 8:30 pm.
Tues., Wed., Sat. 10:00 am. - 5:30 pm.

By the Associated Press
b With the summer driving season
fver, five Northeastern governors an-
, ounced yesterday that they were lif-
,ting the odd-even limits on gasoline
tpurchases imposed at the height of the
as crunch.
The governors of New York, New
:Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
Land Connecticut thus joined their coun-
terparts in Delaware and Texas in en-
tding sales limits that plagued drivers
tduring the 1979 vacation season.
lorida lifted its limited rationing
rogram earlier.,
IN THREE STATES-Pennsylvania,
Connecticut and New Jersey-the
governors said they would retain
'minimum purchase requirements that
were imposed at about the same time.
Odd-even rationing programs con-
tinued in parts of Virginia, California,
Maryland and in the District of Colum-
In announcing the changes, the gover-
nors praised residents and gasoline
jdealersefor their cooperation and urged
;continued effort to preserve gasoline.
All the odd-even systems were keyed to
'the date and license plate number of
ON WEDNESDAY, Delaware Gov.
,Pierre du Pont revoked the odd-even
plan in his 'state but retained the
minimum purchase rule. And on Mon-
dayr. Texas. Gov. William Clements lif-
d he odd-even plan that had covered
arge metropolitan areas in his state.
New York Governor Hugh Carey an-
xnounced the lifting of all restrictions ef-

fective at 12:01 a.m. this morning.
In recent weeks, published reports
have quoted New York gas station
operators as saying they were no longer
enforcing the orders because they had
plenty of fuel.
"COMBINED WITH the careful use
of the state's set-aside of monthly
gasoline allocations, odd-even rationing
eased regional gas shortages without
affecting other parts of the state and
brought us through the peak driving
season of the year," Carey said in a
statement released late yesterday -af-
New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne an-
nounced an immediate return to
unrestricted gas purchases. However,
the state's minimum purchase
requirements remained in effect, said
Byrne spokesman Joseph Santangelo.
The state requires at least a $5 pur-
chase of gasoline for cars with four-
cylinder engines and a $7 minimum
purchase for cars with larger engines.
Santangelo said the minimum purchase
requirements are still needed to
prevent frantic motorists from topping
off their gas tanks, which contributed to
the long gasoline lines.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Dick Thor-
nburgh announced that the sales limits
based on license plate numbers would
be lifted in his state beginning
Thornburgh said a $5 minimum pur-
chase requirement would remain in ef-
fect, however, and he urged Pen-
nsylvanians to continue to conserve;
gasoline in every way possible.

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