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Councillor quits over IRA link

Maria Gatland
As Maria McGuire, Mrs Gatland wrote a tell-all about the Provisional IRA

A Croydon councillor has quit her cabinet post after admitting she had close ties with the Provisional IRA in the early 1970s.

A council spokesman said Conservative Maria Gatland confirmed that she is the author of To Take Arms: My Year with the Provisional IRA.

Mrs Gatland wrote the book under her maiden name, Maria McGuire.

When confronted with her past by a local schools activist, Mrs Gatland offered her resignation from cabinet.

The council spokesman said in addition to stepping down as cabinet member for children and young people, fellow councillors were urging Mrs Gatland to resign from the council.

The book details her relationship with the Provisional IRA leadership in 1971-72 before she parted ways with the group.

Mrs Gatland moved to England, later married, and entered local politics in 2002, representing Croham.

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