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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 […]

In Memoriam: Rifleman Robert Arthurs

What wonders he saw in the hours before he was killed. What horrors too. Rifleman Robert Arthurs of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles died one hundred years ago today fighting at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle. Robert is my great-great uncle. I woke up thinking about him in that weary no-man’s land of […]

Brian Nelson: Diminishing Responsibility?

Previously unseen archives expose the reason for Brian Nelson’s discharge from the British Army. The significant discoveries undermine recent reviews of the recruitment and career of Brian Nelson as a British Army agent within the Loyalist Ulster Defence Association. The secret files also raise serious questions regarding the British state’s responsibility for murder in the […]