“You hear a bang, and it’s too late…”

Just listen to this. Morning Ireland repeated a recording first made on Christmas Eve 1999, to mark the publication of one of the most powerful and simply written books of the Troubles: Lost Lives. The quote above is from George Mitchell’s quotation of the simple and moving words of a desperately remorseful loyalist killer Billy Giles… The new edition is due to be issued in January..

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty