Loyalist weapons and the conflict: More than a can of worms… June 9, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
In a devastating report that is likely to challenge previous official narratives of the nature of the conflict, Dr Michael Maguire, the police ombudsman for Northern Ireland, said that during this period special branch detectives concealed information about loyalist terrorists from colleagues who were investigating those crimes.
Well, perhaps for some. But it has a value nonetheless, not least for the families of those who were murdered. And the timing of incidents is important too in terms of keeping this in the public mind, Loughinisland in particular happening in 1994.
It certainly makes the following seem almost wilfully blind.
With many in Northern Ireland unable to agree about the true nature of the conflict – or even the language that shouldbe used to describe it – the Northern Ireland secretary, Theresa Villiers, spoke in a speech earlier this year of a “pernicious counter-narrative” that falsely claims that misconduct by the police and armed forces was rife.
it may not have characterised every aspect of policing and the militarisation of the conflict but it clearly was a more significant feature than some have accepted.