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The main BBC news bulletins on Thursday afternoon led with the finding by Michael Maguire, police ombudsman for Northern Ireland, that collusion between elements of the State security services and loyalist paramilitaries was a "significant feature" in the 1994 Loughinisland attack.
That was the night six Catholic men were murdered in the Co Down village's Heights Bar as they watched Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. Dr Maguire says that at least one suspect in the attack by the Ulster Volunteer Force was a police informant.
With the toxic in/out EU referendum dominating the British news agenda, it was a striking expression of the significance of this story. Northern Ireland rarely excites that much interest outside its own borders, not even in Dublin, which is only 100 miles from Belfast and has been directly affected by the conflict. Dr Maguire's report reminds us that the past is not a foreign country, whatever the cliché says, but the place that still informs and shapes us.