Monday 23 April 2018

Martina Devlin: We need a balanced view of Northern Irish history

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

It's the blatant revisionism that gets my goat: the deception being peddled that the IRA was solely responsible for the Troubles and therefore culpable for all the evils of the Northern state.

According to this false gospel, the IRA initiated the violence and continued it alone. Sooner or later those nice unionists would have realised it was wrong to deny equality to their fellow citizens, and knuckled down to cut a deal with the SDLP. But the IRA's self-serving agenda derailed the potential for agreement to be reached, delaying the formation of a just society.

A debate about the North has become intertwined with the presidential race -- one which should have taken place at the time of the Good Friday Agreement more than 13 years ago, but was sidelined amid euphoria about peace in our time.

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