Thursday 21 September 2017

SF's dark past is 'priced-in' to our politics, but it costs all of us

Austin Stack (hand raised) confronts Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams TD (far right) at the party’s launch of its Brexit document in the Davenport Hotel in Dublin last Thursday. Photo: Tom Burke
Austin Stack (hand raised) confronts Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams TD (far right) at the party’s launch of its Brexit document in the Davenport Hotel in Dublin last Thursday. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

By 1994 the worst of the awfulness of what we euphemistically call 'the Troubles' was over as the first IRA ceasefire was called.

I stress the term "worst" in that phrase, always conscious that some appalling atrocities followed in the ensuing years.

The year 1998 brought us a happy new dawn with the Good Friday Agreement. But there was also a spike in killings that year as a total of 57 people died violently, 52 of whom were civilians.

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