Sunday 4 December 2016

It's time for a truth commission to shine a light on all of the North's secrets at once

Published 24/09/2016 | 02:30

From left: Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams in Stormont, in 2005, before Donaldson was unmasked as a British informer. Photo: Paul Faith/PA
From left: Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams in Stormont, in 2005, before Donaldson was unmasked as a British informer. Photo: Paul Faith/PA

Truth can be twisted and suppressed, manipulated and buried. But it can never fundamentally be changed - and it has a habit of surfacing sooner or later.

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Hands were bloodied on more than one side of the Northern conflict. When a peace settlement was agreed finally, an army of skeletons was jammed into closets in the interests of political expediency.

But every once in a while, a cupboard door swings open and one of those skeletons rattles out.

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