“it requires a belief that truth is a value in itself”

A well-argued CommentisFree contribution from Fintan O’Toole on the need for the Eames/Bradley committee [and everyone else – Ed] to take the bull by the horns – which they should.

Because conflict has been underpinned by selective remembering in which grief becomes grievance, it is foolish to believe that if we ignore the recent past it will go away. In the Irish experience, both nationalists and unionists have been all too adept at constructing versions of the past in which they feature only as victims, never as victimisers. There is every reason to believe that, without a serious collective attempt to deal with the legacy of the Troubles, it too will be assimilated into competing tribal myths.