Government having trouble dealing with Northern Ireland’s shattered past…

Legacy is not as easy as it seems. My understanding is that without some kind of quasi-legal process which apportions guilt or innocence, it is simply not possible to grant an amnesty for all murders during the Troubles.

This piece is telling (among other things, of a poorly briefed minister) of an unbalanced approach to dealing the past…

In answer to Andrew Neil’s question of whether there are any current prosecutions of IRA veterans, the strict answer to is that yes. But none who are currently within what we would have historically termed the Provisional camp. Ditto for Loyalists.

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