“tailor-made to our circumstance..”

The Eames/Bradley chaired Consultative Group on the Past are about to hold another series of public meetings. But today they met with the First and deputy First Ministers, perhaps to ask how much of their past they would tell the truth about, and Robin Eames declared afterwards that, “It is very wrong to suggest that anything that has been mentioned has been decided or will find favour” – so much for anonymous sources.. Meanwhile one set of victims’ groups held a press conference at Stormont to call for an “independent international truth commission”. Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams welcomed “this important contribution”, whereas previously, ahead of his march for half-truth, he would only commit the party to “look carefully at” such a proposal. Mark Devenport discusses the ‘immunity’ attached to the proposal here, and at the press conference one of the spokesmen for one of the groups elaborated on the difference between their proposal and the South African model. [RealPlayer file – approx 45 sec in]

“We are calling for a process which is tailor-made to our circumstance. We’re talking about largely private hearings. Talking about an organisation that can mediate that process of truth recovery from those who have it to those who need it and deserve it.”

Which, in my sceptical way, I interpret to mean ‘not for [general] public consumption..’

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  • Danny O’Connor

    I have spoken to a number of relatives and they are more interested in truth than revenge.Let’s try to help these people who have suffered so much get some sort of closure.I believe that there is no difference in the suffering of the families-no matter what the circumstances surrounding their grief.I do not differentiate between victims -they all need our support.

  • willowfield

    Meanwhile one set of victims’ groups held a press conference at Stormont to call for an “independent international truth commission”.

    The nationalist equivalents of Willie Fraser.

  • pfhl

    Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams welcomed “this important contribution”, whereas previously, ahead of his march for half-truth, he would only commit the party to “look carefully at” such a proposal.

    I am not sure of this, but it may have happened that he did have a look at this and decided it was a good idea. It would provide a logical progresion. Just a suggestion.

  • willowfield

    He knows he and his colleagues can just lie at any “independent international truth commission”, so the damage won’t be great.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    The suggestion put forward by the group requires great trust in the ‘mediators’, if the victims are denied the chance to hear the perpetrators’ admissions first hand.

    Presumably the thinking is that the perpetrators will be more forthcoming in a private scenario than in public, although I can see how many would oppose this.