One of the glaring consequences of the mutual denying ordinance of the Sinn Fein/DUP pact was the treatment of victims of the Trouble. Virtually no provision has been made for those affected. As Newton noted yesterday, the absence of a memorial is almost of painful:
By contrast, the Titanic Memorial Garden beside Belfast City Hall is simple and moving. It lists all 1,512 victims on five brass plaques in alphabetical order, set on a marble block.
Visitors can always be found lingering at it – even with no personal or ancestral connection to the disaster, it draws you in.
It also makes the lack of a similar Troubles memorial in Belfast so glaringly obvious that you have to wonder if that was somebody’s intention.
However, as he also points out, that’s not necessarily something the government [what’s that? – Ed] could or should have a veto on…
It would take relatively little money and a small plot of land, preferably in central Belfast. Memorials of this nature need not be expensive – a low-six figure sum is realistic, including a landscaped setting.
The churches would be well placed and suited to the task, if they could arrange it in a sufficiently ecumenical manner. The precinct of St Anne’s Cathedral, for example, is currently used – in fact, underused – as a staff car park.
It could be an ideal location.
What are we waiting on?
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