Ronald Quinlan: My clash with McGuinness men
'The reality is that the past is a very, very dark place for everybody." That seemed to be Martin McGuinness's conclusion when reminded last week about Frank Hegarty and the claims he had lured the so-called IRA "informer" back to his death in Derry in 1986.
Mr McGuinness -- a man with aspirations to become our President -- was forced to revisit his own dark places by journalist Peter Murtagh when he wrote in the Irish Times of a threatening encounter with him in a car outside the grieving Hegarty family's home after Frank's murder. Mr McGuinness says he cannot recall this incident.
The past is also, as they say, a foreign country. They do things differently there.