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‘National Security’ no longer a British argument for not genuinely addressing the Past – by Sinn Fein’s Sean Murray

Over the past number of days British Secretary of State James Brokenshire has been scene setting for potentially another attempt to resolve the outstanding issue of the British government’s imposed veto on disclosure of information to victims’ families. The impasse around this issue ensured that no agreement on legacy was forthcoming at the Fresh Start…

Catholic retired Bishop of Derry Edward Daly was described as a fearless peace-builder

A Protestant voice in the wilderness in pursuance of decency.

Great privilege involves great responsibility. Elected representatives who emerge victorious at different levels within our electoral system gain a mandate to govern and represent but public office also places upon them a responsibility to respect and acknowledge the traditions and values of those whose views and beliefs may differ from their own especially within a…

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‘HEARING THE OTHER…’ By Brian Rowan 

It was one of those ‘what next?’ conversations – a thinking out about the next phase of the peace process, about what has happened and what still needs to happen. The venue on Monday evening was the Arts and Cultural Centre at Duncairn Avenue in north Belfast – the speakers Declan Kearney of Sinn Fein…

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WELCOME TO BELFAST JAMES BROKENSHIRE…

A little over a week ago, a tweet from Nick Watt, once based in Belfast as Ireland Correspondent of the Times, drew our attention to James Brokenshire. As Theresa May made her political charge towards Downing Street, Watt – now Political Editor at BBC Newsnight – described Brokenshire as “the man to watch”. Within days,…

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Remembering and learning at the same time

I found it by accident. My great aunt didn’t speak in much detail of her two brothers who were both dead except to say that they were soldiers who had died during World War One. In fact this was not quite right. One brother, Thomas, a sergeant in the Inniskilling Fusiliers died in action on…

Marching, Brian Rowan

MARCHING – MORATORIUMS – and LAST MINUTE MEETINGS

  Every word will be scrutinised – when the fine detail of the north Belfast marching formula is revealed. This is not just about unblocking a parading route from the Woodvale up part of the Crumlin Road – and it is not just about marching and protesting. Think of the policing money that runs down…

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‘Loughinisland Report – what next?’ by Brian Rowan

On his twitter account on Sunday Chief Constable George Hamilton posed a what next question – what should now happen as a follow-up to the Police Ombudsman (PONI) Report on the Loughinisland shootings of 1994? Hamilton said he looked forward to PONI action “pursuing those guilty of collusion…[and] where reasonable suspicion exists arrest and interview…

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The Victims Haven’t Gone Away You Know by David Gilmour…

Almost two decades have passed since the ceasefires that would give birth to peace deals, since politicians shook hands and desperate citizens signed ‘yes’, since weapons were condemned to rust and since prisoners were absolved to become civilians. In that time we have even managed to reform the police and engage in power sharing, but…