Archive for the ‘Northern Ireland’ Category

November 27, 2011 Off

Time is a Healer – but only when the Truth comes out

By Dónal Kearney in Northern Ireland

It has this week come to light that the recently scrutinised Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) feels it can no longer investigate the killings of anyone shot dead by a police officer during ‘The Troubles’. This exposes a legal loophole in Northern Ireland, which prohibits OPONI from investigating, in the absence [...]

October 16, 2011 Off

Finucane Inquiry: legacy and mistakes

By Dónal Kearney in Northern Ireland

The murder of a lawyer ought to cause concern in any democratic, rights-based regime. In a state such as the United Kingdom, with its foreign policy consistently pursuing the value of civil liberty, one could expect such a tragedy to be taken very seriously. This week, yet another controversial case from Northern Ireland – that [...]

September 27, 2011 Off

Legacy of abuse will not end with compensation

By Dónal Kearney in Northern Ireland

On Sunday 30th January 1972, British soldiers shot twenty-six civil rights protestors in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland. Thirteen male victims died on that day, while a fourteenth subsequently died of his wounds. The Saville Inquiry, which lasted twelve years and cost £200m, prompted a statement from David Cameron in June 2010 in [...]

September 11, 2011 Off

Police Ombudsman’s Office Key to Progress in Northern Ireland

By Dónal Kearney in Northern Ireland

A troubled mandate is finally drawing to a close for Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson. After three brutally critical reports, the Ombudsman has said he will stand down in December 2012, cutting short his contract by twenty-three months. The Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) deals daily with complaints against the [...]