Saturday 10 December 2016

Too soon to forget evil of Troubles

Published 30/10/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- How many people have ever seen a multiple car crash in Ireland? Not many, and if they do come across one, the rescue services direct traffic around the scene.

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How would people feel and think if on a daily basis for 35 years innocent people -- not combatants or security forces -- were blown to pieces in different counties? Arms, legs, torsos, strewn around roads, fields and buildings.

Most Troubles victims did not die in combat but were targeted when defenceless. Take 14-year-old Stephen Parker -- blown up helping in his local grocer's shop on a Saturday morning. His father was only able to identify his son's remains by his hands, a box of trick matches found in his trousers pocket and a scout belt he had been wearing.

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