‘Questions for the Opposition’ – By Colm Dore

This election raises questions for the out-going Executive, but also questions for the out-going Opposition. Much Opposition criticism of the Executive appears to deny the basis upon which the Executive functions. The Executive is based on nurturing a post-conflict relationship between the leaders of the Irish nationalist and Unionist communities. The SDLP say that, with…

‘Conservative/Unionist priority is immunity for those who designed and implemented political/military policies during Troubles’ – By Gerry Kelly

Picture by @AntrimLens Several years ago Sinn Féin set out our view that the most effective truth recovery mechanism was an International Independent Truth Commission set up by a reputable international body such as the United Nations. That remains our view but the British Government have consistently rejected it. Despite that we have engaged with…

‘We need to heal together – we need to find truth and accountability together irrespective of where that truth leads’ – by Mark Thompson

Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), The Right to Life, provides for signatories, i.e. governments, to ensure that when life is taken by policing and security agencies within their respective jurisdictions that prompt, robust, effective independent impartial investigation is carried out, the perpetrators identified and where possible prosecuted. This too extends…

‘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…

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,…

Will Stakeknife bring the house down?

By this time next week we should know the shape of the Stakeknife investigation. Already, there has been one delay in the announcement. It had been expected today (Thursday June 2). The waiting is for the new political members of the Policing Board to be in place. Those nominations have now been made: DUP 4…

‘A terrible ignorance’ – By Brian John Spencer

Easter, 1916 – a terrible beauty was born. It had a dark and little seen twin; a terrible ignorance of the people of the North. South of the border, the Easter Rising is almost universally acclaimed. A singular understanding of history imposed, and a singular way of being Irish understood. Professor Michael Laffan wrote: “When I…