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Ulster’s ghosts

How should the Northern Irish peace process deal with the past? Reform of the RUC is even more urgent in the light of a book published in the US

By Nick Martin-Clark   January 1999

The Committee, by Sean McPhilemy, began life as a Channel 4 documentary. McPhilemy’s company, Box Productions, had been riding high on the back of a string of highly-regarded programmes when, one day early in 1991, a young employee suggested making a programme about collusion between the RUC and loyalist death squads in Northern Ireland. The project became an expos? of the workings of a committee of protestant businessmen, policemen, clergy and various hit-men who, allegedly, assembled regularly in the late 1980s to plan murder-“the committee.”

This grouping was said to have emerged from protestant disillusionment with the Anglo-Irish agreement of…

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