Bereaved families have a right to the truth

Posted By: December 31, 2015

A fair truth-recovery mechanism in the North is vital for Fresh Start deal to workAnne Cadwallader. Irish Times. Tursday, December 31, 2015As usual this Christmas, there were private tears and empty chairs at festive tables. Grief permeates like a dull poison down the generations.Bereaved relatives are almost despairing of seeing a truth-recovery process. In a full-page ad in the Irish News this month, they […]

Spying: Taoiseach warned of UK bugging Irish communications

Posted By: December 30, 2015

Ralph Riegel and Chris Parkin . Irish  Independent. Wednesday, December 30, 2015Irish diplomats were warned by a senior British official during critical Anglo-Irish Agreement talks that all their communications were being bugged. The revelation came in a secret 1985 document deemed so sensitive it was sent from London to Dublin by courier to be hand-delivered to Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald, […]

Catholic Primate lobbied for release of Gusty Spence

Posted By: December 30, 2015

Former UVF leader Gusty Spence along with William ‘Plum’ Smyth, Gary McMichael David Irvine and David Adams announcing the loyalist ceasefire in October 1994ALLISON MORRIS30 December, 2015 THE Catholic Primate Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich pressed authorities for the release of the prominent UVF murderer Gusty Spence claiming he could help pressure loyalist paramilitary groups to work towards peace.Spence, a former soldier with the Royal […]

Welsh village summons ghosts of Ireland’s revolutionary past

Posted By: December 28, 2015

Little remains of Frongoch prison camp, but locals are preparing to mark the centenary of 1,800 Irish men’s arrival after the 1916 Easter RisingMaev Kennedy.The Guardian. Sunday, December  27, 2015 A ghostly station in Frongoch, a tiny village in north Wales, is the last evidence above ground of an internment camp where almost a century ago 1,800 Irish men were held without trial, in the […]

Spiritual support and 1916

Posted By: December 25, 2015

by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Irish  Catholic ( Dublin)Thursday, December 17, 2015 “Hopefully the centenary celebrations will find a space to remember the priests of 1916”, writes Archbishop Diarmuid MartinIf I was to scour the list of places which the conventional wisdom of today associates with Dublin in 1916, I would find in such lists only rare if […]

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