Will a new set of questions about the past bring more satisfactory answers?

Patricia McBride, one of the four Victims Commissioners has an op ed in today’s Irish Times on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee views on the Eames/Bradley report on the past

…raised victims’ expectations that something was going to be done to address their needs for acknowledgment, assistance, truth and justice. We have a duty to manage those expectations whether or not there is sufficient consensus about implementing its recommendations. We cannot keep asking the same questions, getting the same answers and not moving the process forward.

Not much to argue with there… Except, who is going ask the very different questions that will bring us a more satisfactory set of answers? She concludes with Seamus Heaney’s words:

….we are still being “careful to test out the scaffolding”. There are many difficult conversations to be had about our complex and contested history and how we address its impact on the people of this island and that of our neighbours to the east, yet we must, above all, develop the courage where “we may let the scaffolds fall, confident that we have built our wall”.

  • regimental 1912

    Well well here I was thinking that the republican inhabitants in this part of the UK were fighting for a united ireland when all of the time they were working towards the Queens shilling,the vast majority are looking for monetary gain from the Government that they refuse to acknowledge for the suffering that THEY inflicted on innocent women and children.There should be no further waste of money on any enquiries and the HET should also go,the only victims are ones that do not have a member of any paramilitaries in their families,let it go the war is over and the surrender is complete now that Sinn Fein leaders are in the British Establishment,welcome aboard mo chara.