Thursday 15 November 2018

The self-sacrificing Niall Connolly I knew

He is the sort of person who sacrifices a career to help war refugees, not some undercover terrorist who concealed another life says Michael Sheridan.

IT WAS one of those occasions that you read a newspaper report, ingest the content and then do a double take. A Dublin man was being questioned in relation to terrorist charges in Colombia. There was mention of explosives and "technology" training of the left-wing guerrilla group FARC. Through the grey veil of print and the objective tone of the report, a name jumped at me. I then dismissed it as a coincidence.

Even media people do not expect someone they know to be subject of reports. That is what makes the job possible: it is easier to step back from tragedy or crime when the subjects, though real and human are ultimately but a name. Niall Connolly there could be any number of people in the country by that name but not many who had spent the past number of years in Cuba.

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