Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: I am proud to be part of this 'small army'

Thank you, Aengus, for being such a journalistic buccaneer, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

In August 2000, with the prisons of Northern Ireland virtually emptied of paramilitary murderers and torturers, Gerry Adams announced that -- under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement -- the killers of Garda McCabe should also be released.

I had a call from the Sunday Independent asking me for an article. I'd been writing for the paper for years, and was well known as an enemy of the Provos.

Logic, however, forced me to write -- with great reluctance -- that Adams was right that what was sauce for the northern goose was sauce for the southern gander. I expected a protest, but there was silence. What the paper did was to ask Emer O'Kelly, who loathed paramilitaries as much as I did, for her view.

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