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Counting the Cost of the Culture Club

As with every July before it, this July has descended into dispute, counter-protest, violence and thuggery. In the eye of this yearly maelstrom is the Orange Order and their “right” to parade. Rioting, destruction to property and near-death aside, this year has been particularly portentous. Politicians – of all shades – have scrambled over each other to pacify paramilitaries in East …

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Flogging A Dead PONI

This week the Committee for the Administration of Justice (CAJ), a leading independent, Human Rights group, published a review of the office of the Police Ombudsman Northern Ireland (PONI). Once more, we are presented with a searing indictment of Mr. Al Hutchinson’s management of this crucial statutory body. The CAJ report was initiated in the …

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Meeting, Minutes and Commemoration

On Saturday past (11th June) the families met to mull over artefacts we have for exhibition and plans to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre on 4th December 2011. Everything was brought to the table: hand-carved Celtic crosses, opinions, much-loved photographs, old newspaper clippings, concepts and, of course, many, many now-not-so-secret archives. …

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