‘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…

‘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…

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…

The search for truth, a challenge for all

Theresa Villiers speech last Thursday (11.02.16) outlined the British State’s narrative around our past. While I accept that there are competing analyses and narratives in any conflict, I have to say that from a republican perspective sections of her speech could be seen as misleading and indeed provocative. This applies not only to her view…

‘Resolution possible if British Government has the will…’ Contends republican Sean Murray 

At the legacy event in Queen’s last Tuesday night (26thJanuary) facilitated by Dr John Barry I briefly outlined Sinn Fein’s attempts to deal with the impasse surrounding the ‘national security’ veto in the recent negotiations. This blockage arose around the British Government’s insistence in the draft legislation of inserting numerous clauses and references to ‘national…