Tutu tells Northern Ireland: Find your own solution…

ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu was in Dublin yesterday, and said a South African-style Truth and Reconciliation Commission may not work in Northern Ireland. “One of the things you have to be very careful of is not to be prescriptive, that one size fits all. Each country and situation are unique and it is up to the people involved to decide,” he said. Whether it is ‘The People’ or ‘The people appointed by the Government’ who decide is another matter, though the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister welcomed the Bradley-Eames group’s intention “to consult widely in considering how the legacy of the events of the past decades can best be approached, and what steps might be taken in this area”. Note what the appointments of Bradley, Eames and Al Hutchinson have in common – all people who are singing from the same hymn sheet about drawing a line under the past.