‘Answering the Past or Avoiding the Past…’ – By Brian Rowan

Which of the above are we trying to achieve? Before answering that question, have a closer look at some recent statements and commentary. Firstly, from Martin McGuinness, this sentence: “Unfortunately we are rapidly coming to the conclusion that the British Government isn’t serious – and never was serious – about resolving the outstanding legacy issues…

‘The Past – “personalised” and “unsolvable” – one observer tells the eamonnmallie.com website…’ By Brian Rowan 

  A unionist MP and former soldier has said loyalists should be included in the latest effort to achieve agreement on addressing Northern Ireland’s past. Tom Elliott, MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone, was part of an Ulster Unionist Party delegation that recently met Secretary of State James Brokenshire at Stormont. That meeting was after Brokenshire…

“I feel grand”

At least Deputy First Minister Martin Mc Guinness MLA, probably using the local idiom to explain that he was feeling fine rather than the dictionary meaning of feeling majestic – although who knows – did not accompany his reply with a royal wave when answering the question put to him by Joanne Dobson MLA. In…