“neither justice nor truth..”

Several reports on the leaked proposals from the Consultative Group on the Past – the ‘bad bank’ option to deal with the toxic debt of those poisonous foundations – include a quote from co-Chairman Denis Bradley which illustrates the problem with focussing on victims, however defined, rather than society in general. From the Irish Times report.

“Over the past number of days we have heard some victims’ groups saying we don’t want money, we want justice. Others have said we don’t want money, we want truth. They are right to say that and our report will reflect both points of view,” Mr Bradley said.

“Equally they have to respect those who told us that they wanted neither justice nor truth. Others that we met want recognition by our society of their loss and suffering,” he said.

Justice, after all, is the glue that holds society together..