A MAN whose parents were murdered in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre when he was a child has called on Chief Constable Simon Byrne to quash a 'failed' and 'irrational' report into the atrocity before a final court appearance next month.
“I don’t think anyone cares about the loved ones, all we want is justice and peace.” The words of Joe McKeown, son of Frank, as he stood outside the NIO offices protesting against the British Government’s Legacy Bill.
IN this uncertain world, there are some certainties we can cling to: day follows night, holy water fonts in Orange Lodges are rare, and the DUP’s duodenal ulcer acts up when there is US intervention in the affairs of NEI. The last of these certainties is because the DUP and Britain for several decades insisted that our Troubles were an internal matter, nothing to do with other countries. Especially that big one on the other side of the Atlantic. But then came Senator George Mitchell and the tortuous trail to Good Friday 1998. Like it or lump it, the US was centrally involved. Which brings us to that pesky outsider Richie Neal, Chairman of the Congrresional Ways and Means Committee. In an interview I did with him in Washington in 2018, he said: “We are a guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement. It is our Agreement too. The American dimension is what made it possible to resolve that long-standing dispute”. And now, four years later, here is Neal again, speaking in Kerry last Sunday: “The Good Friday Agreement has worked, and it has worked quite well. We don’t want to see it disturbed.”
THE staff, pupils and wider community of St Kevin’s Primary School have been celebrating after picking up two awards at the Families First NI Education Awards for being the best School in Belfast and the Best Overall School in the North.
In 1922, after Ireland was partitioned into the Free State and Northern Ireland, Belfast still remained a hotbed of inter-community violence, the majority of it being directed against its Catholic community. Violence in the new state was widespread, particularly in Belfast where a state-backed campaign saw many Nationalists burned out of their homes and killed in what is termed by historians as the ‘Belfast Pogrom’.