Saturday 16 December 2017

Declan Lynch: Everyone in the North hates the amnesty idea – so Larkin must be right

An amnesty would mean both sides would have to give up dwelling on past monstrosities

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

IT WAS that rarest of all things in the North – a good idea. And now, little more than a week later, it seems to be getting away from us.

Why do I think it was a good idea for John Larkin, the Northern Ireland Attorney-General, to make the suggestion that no further police investigations, inquests or enquiries be made into any relevant killings that took place before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998? Why would anyone form the opinion that such an amnesty might be the best way to to proceed?

I guess the key to understanding this is to realise that it doesn't really belong in the realm of opinion at all. That it may have started there, but that by the end of its journey through the North, it had become a fact.

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