Stand by on for sharpening of focus on government legacy plans – Brian Rowan explains

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Last month, the Northern Ireland Office published the consultation paper: Addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past.

It invites views on a structure shaped in the Stormont House talks of 2014, including a new Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) and Independent Commission on Information Retrieval (ICIR).

In the period since, that agreement has become bogged down in disagreement.

Now, the consultation has begun and will run to September 10th.

It also welcomes views from those who might have other ideas, either about how the Stormont House Agreement institutions should work, or about alternatives to the institutions themselves.

Although not part of the Stormont House talks, the issue of a statute of limitations or amnesty remains part of the legacy conversation and headlines.

On the website, we will be running an exclusive series of articles from academics, from parties to the Stormont House talks and from others offering explanation and opinions on the way forward.

In an upcoming article, Tom Roberts – director of the loyalist ex-prisoners project EPIC – writes: “The removal of politicians and their narrow and constricted political agendas is vital if we are to develop a non-partisan and inclusive legacy process.”

This important conversation/debate is open to all at

Our first contribution is from Professor Louise Mallinder.


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Brian Rowan

Brian Rowan is a journalist/author. A former BBC correspondent in Belfast, four times he has been a category winner in the Northern Ireland Press and Broadcast Awards. He is the author of several books on the peace process. His latest book (published by Merrion Press) POLITICAL PURGATORY – the battle to save Stormont and the play for a New Ireland is now available at

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