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Accusations: Willie Frazer

Eilis O’Hanlon: BBC NI’s The Troubles: A Secret History has produced some jaw-dropping revelations about the ‘dirty war’ ... but are younger viewers tuning in, or tuning out? 

People in Northern Ireland apparently watch fewer hours of TV each day than in any other part of the UK, so it’s probably reassuring that, in this age of on-demand streaming and a myriad of other distractions, so many people can still be enticed to sit down at a certain time each week and all watch the same programme.

Simon Byrne

Eilis O'Hanlon: Rather than giving us his opinion on political developments, Simon Byrne should focus on building support both in the community and, most crucially, among the PSNI rank-and-file 

Simon Byrne didn't exactly take up his new job as PSNI Chief Constable at the start of last month in the most auspicious of circumstances. There was no government at Stormont. Brexit was looming on the horizon. Dissident republicans were once again flexing their muscles. The Twelfth was just days away.

Willie Frazer

Eilis O'Hanlon: Willie Frazer didn't always make the right calls, but the republican movement has lost one of its most implacable foes ... that's a worthy enough epitaph for any man 

Victims' campaigner Willie Frazer, who's died at the age of 58, was an active user of social media. His most recent video on Facebook appeared a couple of months ago when he assured well-wishers that he was recovering from the cancer that eventually took his life and would soon be back in the fray, having made a promise that: "I would not allow the terrorists to rewrite the history."

The colour party marches along O’Connell Street during the Saoradh Easter Commemoration in Dublin

Eilis O'Hanlon: Why it is just one short, perilous step from 'understanding' dissident violence to defending or excusing it 

It didn’t take long for Lyra McKee to be forgotten by the only people with the callousness to justify her murder. It was Saoradh — cheerleaders for dissident republican group the New IRA that is believed to be responsible for the shooting in Derry — which said, within hours of her death, that blame for the young journalist’s killing lay with “British Crown Forces”. It was the same Saoardh who, less than 48 hours later, was marching down Dublin’s main thoroughfare to mark the Easter Rising under flags and banners celebrating paramilitarism.


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