It’s time to end party political revisionism and celebrate NICRA for what it achieved and learn from what it failed to do.

Paddy Wilson is a postgraduate student at Queens University Belfast and a member of the Workers Party Having entered a period of commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of NICRA, many groups are attempting to stake a claim. The SDLP say they are the ‘Party of Civil Rights’. Sinn Fein regularly links the armed struggle to Civil Rights. Nelson McCausland in today’s Belfast Telegraph assists in this link between Civil Rights and the rise of Provisional violence. One voice …

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So Adams becomes a ‘founding member’ of a Civil Rights movement the IRA tried hard to circumvent?

I recommend watching Django (‘the D is silent’) just to try and get some kind of a fix on what sort of context Gerry thought he was coming from. The film is full of crude violence, retribution, and of course that fatal taboo word, “Nigger”. Since the word recurs right through the Tarantino film, it’s perhaps not surprising the impulsive Mr Adams thought he was safe to publicly denote the singular parallels he felt existed between his own biography and that …

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