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Colin Wallace Statement on HIA and Kincora

Statement issued by Colin Wallace following the publication of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Report. Although I initially offered to give evidence to the Inquiry, I later decided not to, mainly on the grounds that the Government repeatedly refused to give it the same legal powers as the corresponding Inquiry in London. I believe that …

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Titanic Towns

A day of firsts. For a start, my first cycle in Maigh Eo – from one Titanic town to another. I pushed out to Addergoole and swept down to the shores of Conn. I looped back to Leathardán which gave me the opportunity to stop for the first time at the memorials there. One commemorating …

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Easter Lily on the Bus

Overheard on the bus. Seriously. “Have you got your Easter Lily yet?” “Nah. Not yet.” *pause* “You know why it’s shaped like a fanny, don’t you?” *pause* “What?” “The Easter Lily badge. You know why it’s shaped like a fanny?” “Shaped like a fanny? What are you talking about?” “It’s shaped like a vagina.” *pause* “What-ta …

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Secret Government Files – Protecting National Security or Hiding National Shame

Spotlight NI tonight (8th December 2015) investigates whether secret government files are hidden because of British national security or shame regarding Britain’s dirty war in the north of Ireland. The investigation features brave families whose loved ones were killed during the conflict, but whose stories have been covered up by the state for generations. They include the …

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Politics, the Whore of English Language

The British media has outdone itself in its ongoing prostitution of the English language as the word “independent” rarely rings as hollow… unless, of course, the British government is involved. The British government has commissioned “an independent assessment of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland”, reports the BBC. The British government has announced “the creation of …

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The Aden Gang

After Britain sounded the last post in Aden in 1967, many of its dusty warriors wound their way here in 1971. They dragged with them their attitude towards the native and many of the darker arts of warfare. They included the infamous Parachute Regiment which won its stripes in the north of Ireland by murdering …

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