George Otto Simms

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George Otto Simms (1910-1991) was a Church of Ireland clergyman. He was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1969 until his retirement in 1980.[1]

On 10 August 1971, the day after the reintroduction of internment, Simms issued a joint statement with Rev. Charles Bain (Methodist), and the Right Rev. Rupert Gibson (Presbyterian), which stated that "because of the continuing violence and bloodshed for which there can be no Christian justification, the Government in its duty to all citizens had no option but to introduce strong measures which may be distasteful to many".[2]



  1. George Otto Simms, The O'Brien Press, accessed 11 March 2013.
  2. NOTES AND SOURCES, Extracts from 'Internment' by John McGuffin (1973), CAIN Web Service, University of Ulster, accessed 11 March 2013.