On almost every one of the 533 pages in the report on Northern Ireland’s mother and baby homes, and Magdalene laundries, there’s a story that would break your heart.
A border poll in 2028 on the 30th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Former unionists, converted by the arguments for Irish unity, prominent in the campaign. Sinn Fein and the SDLP playing a part, but somebody outside party politics - Paddy Kielty is one suggestion - leading the campaign.
This was the historic week in which the former President Donald Trump finally (although perhaps not permanently) stepped from the US political stage and passed on to that great golf course beneath Floridian skies.
Arlene Foster was wearing her favourite Crown brooch. Michelle O’Neill had a picture of the Proclamation on the wall. Brandon Lewis was waffling away. Welcome to Question Time from Northern Ireland – a far from impressive sight.
It is 6,000 miles away, part of a vast continent stretching from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico, while we are on a small rain-sodden island on the edge of Europe. Yet we are bound together through deeply personal ties of blood and history.
It is a very different glimpse of a DUP politician whose public persona has always been that of the blunt, stoical Ulsterman — Edwin Poots sitting in a hospital bed weeping down the phone to his wife following a cancer diagnosis.
The people most grievously injured during the Troubles are being denied “a little bit of dignity” in their twilight years because of ongoing disagreements over who will fund a victims’ payment scheme, a group which advocates for victims has said.
Stormont minister Edwin Poots says he will give “serious consideration” to having private surgery after being diagnosed with kidney cancer as urgent cancer operations remain cancelled due to coronavirus pressures.
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