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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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Dud illusions a real danger

  MY mother was very quiet. She is to this day – nearly 12 years after her passing – referred to as a “lady”. She was quiet because she experienced many horrors in her life. They individually and collectively conspired to silence her. She didn’t scream or shout about them because she chose to continue […]

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Ignoring the women of ’81

  I WENT to see 66 Days – a couple of weeks later than everybody else. Well, not everybody actually. We went on Tuesday night to the Kennedy Centre to see it and it was sold out half an hour before it was due to screen. So we hightailed it to Yorkgate to watch it […]

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The war on knowledge

  Have you ever seen the film The Killing Fields about the war in Cambodia? It’s an excellent film. A bit Western, and it ignores the role of the USA in the horror, but as a piece it is worth watching. Anyway, there is a scene in it where there is a realisation that anyone […]

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Brexit threat

  BREXIT has posed all kinds of challenges for our present and our future. Every single sectoral interest is likely to be affected to one extent or another. For victims and survivors the impact on their circumstances as victims is perhaps not immediately obvious. However, as we enter into a phase likely to deliver, at […]

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Don’t belittle people losses

OVER the past few weeks there has been a row over a poster that was erected in County Tyrone as part of the 12th celebrations. The poster was dedicated to the now deceased Billy Wright of the UVF/LVF. It quoted Wright as saying his best moment was the killing of four men in Cappagh. The […]

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