Saturday 24 February 2018

Without justice you cannot have a peace worthy of the name

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

You may not have heard of Pamela Atchison, but she has just become the most important woman in Northern Ireland. As Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, it will be her job to decide whether to charge Gerry Adams with involvement in the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

Even though the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) released the Sinn Fein leader yesterday afternoon, its decision to arrest and question him has plunged the province into turmoil.

Sinn Fein claimed the arrest was "politically contrived" and "malicious"; Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness spoke of a "dark side" to the police, implicitly threatening that if Adams wasn't released, Sinn Fein might withdraw its support for their work.

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