Sunday 21 January 2018

Mandy Johnston: Idea of Troubles amnesty step too far for those seeking justice

Stephen Gault, whose father Samuel was killed in the1987 Remembrance Day bombing by the IRA in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, is just one of the many to suffer loss in the Troubles.
Stephen Gault, whose father Samuel was killed in the1987 Remembrance Day bombing by the IRA in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, is just one of the many to suffer loss in the Troubles.
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

Like so many times in this nation's history the issue of the North this week delivered a multitude of complex issues to consider. At a time when so much progress is being made in our relationship with our nearest neighbours and oldest enemy, is the gap between what we here in the south expect of our northern brethren in terms of sacrifice and forgiveness now completely unreasonable?

The inconsistencies and inequality in relation to the north-south divide was highlighted by the debate surrounding the proposals from the North's Attorney General to end all prosecutions, public inquiries and inquests into Troubles-related killings up to the Belfast Agreement of 1998.

The suggestion of an effective amnesty for crimes of the past is causing much unease. Perhaps because it is trying to apply a logical conclusion to an emotional problem.

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