“Power-sharing… in the North is still the right thing” – By Brian Rowan 

    This half-sentence extracted from a speech by the Sinn Fein President on Saturday evening needs some further explanation. It does not suggest an easy or a quick return to the Stormont political institutions. Indeed, speaking to this website, a senior DUP elected representative dismissed the Sinn Fein emphasis/focus on restoration as being for the “southern…

The HIU versus the ICIR – By Doug Beattie

    There are some things which Barra McGrory QC said recently about legacy – in particular the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) – that I can agree with. However, there are also some things which I cannot support, and indeed I question the former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on his change of heart. Like…

LEGACY – INVESTIGATIONS OR INFORMATION? – By Brian Rowan

    If you’re explaining, you’re losing. Just a week after the launch of the legacy consultation here, already clarification is being sought. It relates to the proposed new Independent Commission on Information Retrieval (ICIR) – designed to enable families “to seek and privately receive information about the Troubles-related deaths of their relatives”. If it…