‘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…

BIG Talk on The Past – By Brian Rowan

The conversation will be on stage at Feile an Phobail – the west Belfast Festival. And the big talk – scheduled for August 6th – comes with a big thought. “The politics are too slow,” Chief Constable George Hamilton told me. Too slow he means to put in place a structured process that will at least…

Will policing accountability end up hostage to political and security veto in Republic of Ireland? By Ciarán Kearney

Last week, 99 new recruits to An Garda Siochána graduated from Templemore training college in Tipperary. At the very same time, court proceedings heard allegations by a Garda Assistant Commissioner that his political views were the subject of questioning by his superior during a promotion panel for the post of Deputy Commissioner. These events coincide…

What is the alternative to sacrificing the McConville family in the interest of ‘the greater good?’ – asks Eamonn Mallie

    Despite the thousands and thousands of words written and spoken about the arrest of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams no one asked the critical question: should justice for the orphaned McConville family of 1972 be sacrificed in the interest of permanent peace for the children yet unborn? Of the IRA Gerry Adams said: “while…

Will collusion ever end? – CAJ’s Daniel Holder challenges

    Last night we had a briefing from senior retired police officers about the threat to national security from evidence that is being given in inquests in Northern Ireland that opens up the whole modus operandi of our security forces and security services. What do the Government intend to do to protect national security…