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Blank pages in the narrative of a 'justified' campaign

Máiría Cahill


The media should engage as well as scrutinise, but there should be no glossing over the uncomfortable past

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Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald with former president Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald with former president Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald with former president Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

As a child, I used to pass a mural in Oakman Street, bearing the image of a woman and a jester mask above an opened Irish history book. The mask bore the word "revisionism", and the woman "truth". The slogan on the wall in huge white letters above the image said, "History is written by the winner".

Sometimes, you'd find a British soldier hunkered at its side peering through his scope surrounded by a gaggle of curious kids, other times in the evening you'd find the local IRA men on patrol looking for teenagers who had fallen foul of them, to threaten, beat or shoot.

Keeping the community safe, they called it.