“a prerequisite for peaceful co-existence and co-operation”

The headlines might focus on his comments about the Saville Inquiry, but it’s what Irish Senator Maurice Hayes has to say on the past in general which is of more interest, echoing as he does the comments of both the Policing Oversight Commissioner, Al Hutchison, and the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Inspector, Kit Chivers

“The general political will that the institutions should be made to work (and) should be allowed to do so could easily be frustrated if we insist on picking at the sores of old wounds, raising old ghosts, revive old animosities and suspicions, and most of all shattering the burgeoning trust which is a prerequisite for peaceful co-existence and co-operation, ” he said.

And, once again, “Delay has its own heavy price. The poison accumulates in the system.”