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Ex-UUP MP to help launch republican friend's book

Former Mayor of Clare, Flan Garvey, with his new book Inside Minds North and south.
Former Mayor of Clare, Flan Garvey, with his new book Inside Minds North and south.
Former East Antrim MP Roy Beggs

By Rebecca Black

A former UUP MP is to take part in the launch of a book by the man he once described as "the only republican I would ever call a friend".

Roy Beggs first encountered Fianna Fail man Flan Garvey, who went on to become the mayor of Clare, in the 1980s and the pair developed a warm relationship despite their very different political backgrounds.

Mr Garvey's memoir Inside Minds North And South: Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right, charts his journey from strong republican roots to a time when men he once believed he hated were among his closest friends.

Mr Beggs said: "Flan is a unique character. He is the best ambassador that Clare tourism ever authorised."

Inside Minds North And South: Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right by Flan Garvey is published by Stop The Press Publishing.

Former East Antrim MP Roy Beggs
Former East Antrim MP Roy Beggs

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