‘Who says the two year limit on prison sentences for Troubles offences excludes the security forces?’ – Asks CAJ’s Daniel Holder

The early release scheme for prisoners convicted of a “scheduled offence,” part of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, meant that they were all released within two years. Furthermore, the legislation – the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 – provided that anyone later convicted for a scheduled offence committed before April 1998 would serve a maximum of…

‘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…

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,…