Did Taoiseach Jack Lynch have a nephew who was a Captain in the Paras in Belfast in 1972? I came across this by accident. It’s on the front page of Republican News of 28th May 1972 (see below).
There, on the right hand side, is a little insert which simply states that: “The people of New Lodge may be shocked to learn that the Officer in Charge of the Paratroopers on this district is Captain Lynch, from Waterford, a nephew of the Taoiseach, Mr Jack Lynch.” I can’t immediately locate any more information that sheds any light on this. Given the circumstances (a month after Widgery and four months after Bloody Sunday), if true, was it a PR stunt by the British Army and (or) an attempt to influence the attitude of the Irish government?