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Carlo Gébler was in a Northern Irish prison on Good Friday. He came away less optimistic about the peace deal

By Aarathi Prasad   May 1998

I work in HMP Maghaberry, a prison in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. I teach “creative writing” one day a week and, as luck would have it, I was there on the long Good Friday, the day the peace talks came to an end and we took another faltering step towards peace in God’s own country after nearly 30 years and 3,300 murders.

I arrived at the prison at 2pm and went to the education department. I usually have no difficulty getting in because there is always a prison officer in the pod behind the grille. But this afternoon, no one.

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