“there is no placing of blame on any individual..”

In the Irish Times Gerry Moriarty reports Denis Bradley’s response to the criticisms of their proposals by Peter Smith QC – as noted yesterday.

Mr Bradley also said he respected but disagreed with Belfast lawyer, Peter Smith QC, who in yesterday’s Irish Times said the Eames-Bradley proposals relating to truth recovery could threaten an individual’s “basic courtroom rights to face his or her accuser, and to challenge them by means of questioning their lawyer” and “would give rise to grave disquiet” among lawyers and human rights activists.

“I think his interpretation of the report is wrong,” said Mr Bradley. “In the truth recovery [proposals] there is no placing of blame on any individual. That is clear in the report: there is placing of blame on organisations and that is completely different.”

In individual cases as well as thematic cases? And what about the point Brian noted – “The legacy commission needed only the lower burdens of proof that would satisfy most relatives.” It raises the question of how much ‘truth’ they’d be pursuing during their “fixed five-year mandate”.. and how reliant their proposals are on the willing participation of those who have, up to now, been more notable by their wilful avoidance of truth..

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  • fair_deal

    “there is no placing of blame on any individual. That is clear in the report: there is placing of blame on organisations and that is completely different.”

    Unless I’ve picked this up wrong, surely the blame and to who or what is attached isn’t the issue Smith is highlighting, rather the process and it’ll be individuals who will before this panel not organisations? Am I mistaken?

  • Pete Baker

    Indeed, fd.

    Unless he envisages that they’re only going to talk to interlocators..

  • brendan,belfast

    Here’s a question which I think is valid, and I am not sure what the answer would be. Would the family of Michael McIlveen be entitled to claim £12,000 according to Eames / Bradley? Or Lisa Dorrian? There are far too additional examples as well who we could name, but if the report adopts a ‘no hierarchy of victims’ approach, does it impose a time limit?

  • west belfast

    Brendan – where were you yesterday???

  • Brendan,Belfast

    Why WB, was that the day a rule was passed on Slugger that you can’t ask a question on a thread?

  • Turgon

    Brendan,
    A very fair point. I think the answer is that they could not. Furthermore one might ask if the relatives of the police officer who seems to have been murdered in Castlerock could claim money. Again the answer would seem to be no as he does not appear to have been murdered by a terrorist organisation.

    Such is the utterly flawed logic and morality of Eames Bradley. I would submit that this is of course because Eames and Bradley care little for the people affected and a great deal more about their beloved process and coming up with a way of “drawing a line” under the “conflict.”