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The Secret highlights important questions

Published 23/05/2016

Louise Haigh MP's intervention (News, May 16) does nothing for the Clarkes, Buchanans, Howells and Elkins that she claims to defend.

Their tragedy has long been in the public domain and the notion that it should be unviewable is censorious.

Yes, there are victims of the actions of these murderers, but imposing silence, or giving them editorial control of the public media, is no answer to their trauma.

Family secrets that cannot be spoken about are the royal road to abuse. Incestuous religious cults create a "super-family" and, in this case, "super-abuse".

This is a truth worth telling in the six counties, where religion is given far too much power to proscribe social freedoms. The addiction to victimology is its companion piece in the stagnation of Stormont politics. The Attorney General, John Larkin, was right to call for the end of Troubles' cases.

The Secret was a fine dramatic achievement, which showed us able to have a good look at ourselves.

The makers and sponsors should be congratulated - not vilified.

JOE HEATLEY

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