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A ghost at the talks

Loyalist grievances have been threatening the Northern Ireland talks. But, says Nick Martin-Clark, attention will shift to an old nationalist wound-the unfinished business of Bloody Sunday

By Nick Martin-Clark   February 1998

I hope there will be no more Enniskillens and I am deeply sorry about what happened in Enniskillen”-Gerry Adams speaking on Remembrance Sunday 1997 about the 11 people who died ten years ago while attending a memorial service at the town cenotaph. Previous expressions of regret include: “I make the point very consciously that what the IRA did was wrong.” Adams will not be drawn into speaking for the IRA, and the etiquette of the distinction between the two faces of the republican movement precludes an apology from Sinn Fein. The IRA, however, is capable of speaking for itself and,…

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