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Policing in Northern IrelandDelivering the New Beginning?$
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Desmond Rea and Robin Masefield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381502

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.001.0001

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Dealing with the Past – an Intractable Problem?

Dealing with the Past – an Intractable Problem?

(p.593) Chapter Twenty Dealing with the Past – an Intractable Problem?
Policing in Northern Ireland

Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

Liverpool University Press

This chapter is drawn from the longer note (published as a book) by the authors which they submitted to the Haass talks in late 2013, entitled Dealing with the Past. As recorded here, the issue was a constant preoccupation of the chairman of the Policing Board and the one for which he secured their permission to address on his own behalf, which he did with the vice-chairman and Sir Hugh Orde. The chapter begins with examples of the scale of the challenge with reference to three atrocities – the Omagh, Claudy and Enniskillen bombings – before setting out the chairman’s paper Seeking to hold the Past in Healthy Balance with the Future, and going on to deal with the Consultative Group on the Past and the arrangements set up to reinvestigate unsolved murders from the Troubles including the role of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET). The chapter concludes with the remarks of Desmond Rea on a Talkback Panel at the West Belfast Festival in 2007, and the authors’ views as to how some of the legacy issues from the Troubles should best be dealt with.

Keywords:   Dealing with the past, Haass talks, Consultative group on the past, Omagh bombing, Claudy bombing, Enniskillen bombing

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