Apprentice Boys March On – By Terry Wright

    No matter how comfortable the pace and how uplifting the music, it’s a long walk on a warm day for Apprentice Boys on their Annual Parade commemorating the ‘shutting of the gates’ of the city and the historic 105-day siege. This may go some way to explain the seemingly tired gait of Edwin Poots MLA with what resembled the drains of a bottle of water in hand, as…

From Legacy to Reconciliation – by Stephen Farry

    The Stormont House Agreement (SHA) mechanisms represent the best and last opportunity for a comprehensive system to deal with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past. There are large numbers of victims and survivors in our society still bearing physical and psychological wounds, experiencing mental trauma and with practical needs still not fully addressed.…

SHA legacy bill – how independent will the Historical Investigations Unit be? – by Daniel Holder

  The Stormont House Agreement (SHA) describes the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) as ‘an independent body to take forward investigations into outstanding Troubles-related deaths’. Human rights law requires in any case that investigations into such deaths be wholly independent, a requirement often referred to as ‘Article 2 compliance’, in reference to Article 2 of the European…