Sinn Fein has already conceded key priniciple

Downes continued with interviews with Pat Doherty and David Liddington, the Tory shadow spokesman for Northern Ireland. Downes challenges Doherty with a question of why the deal Sinn Fein thought they had previliged IRA on the runs without making any disclosure. He notes the irony that one of the main pressure groups for justice is called An Fhirinne (the truth) “…when the one thing victims would not get out of the proposed system for OTRs is the truth. They won’t even have to appear in court, indeed they won’t even have to say anything”. And later, “There a principle here that the truth would not be revealed that was agreed to by Sinn Fein”.

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