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Darren’s cross an inspiration

  I WORK in the field of ‘legacy’. That has meant engaging with the effects of negative and pernicious policies of death and destruction in the context of conflict. While we sometimes appreciate the incredible resilience of those affected by our conflict and the enormous contribution they make to our society, the concept of legacy […]

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Lucky to be Irish

  Growing up I always felt so lucky to be Irish. And felt doubly lucky to be from Dublin. I was seriously comfortable in my Irish skin. I suppose there was something about not being one of the colonists next door. Something about being the country that produced so many missionaries, nurses and aid workers […]

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Rights, wrongs

  THE LAWS that enforce the concept of human rights are incredibly recent. They came about after the world witnessed the extreme degradation of humanity that was the Holocaust, when value for life had become so cheap that in the aftermath of World War II the international community realised ordinary citizens needed legal protection, not […]

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The gift of the season

  MY youngest daughter was told she needed to be in from playing at eight o’clock this weekend because it is dark now at that time. I said it with a sigh, as the nights are drawing in and our days becoming shorter. “I love the dark nights,” she said with a smile. My youngest […]

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No change

  CONTEMPT. That is only word to describe what the Ballymurphy families have been handed by the state since 1971. The same word applies to all families bereaved as a result of state actions or where families are vocal about the collusion in the killings of their loved ones by state proxies. Contempt when agents […]

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Benevolence? No, thanks…

  LAST Friday the new British Secretary of State James Brokenshire said he was thinking about a way forward on the matter of how to deal with the past. He made the speech at Oxford University at a British Irish Association dinner where the great and the good are brought together once a year to […]

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