The Boys’ Brigade and dissident republicans – an unusual recipe for lasting reconciliation?

The time has now come to bring dissident republicans in from the cold in the same way as mainstream republicans and loyalists were involved, leading ultimately to the Good Friday Agreement. The initial question must be – who should approach the dissidents and facilitate talks aimed at bringing about a permanent cessation of dissident republican violence? To point the finger initially at the British and Irish governments may be bordering on the naïve. A credible facilitator will be required who …

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