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Only the hardest heart would look at images of Bloody Friday and sing ‘Ooh, ah, up the ’Ra’

Gail Walker


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The aftermath of one of the bombs

The aftermath of one of the bombs

The aftermath of one of the bombs

The 40th anniversary of the Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings in London and the 50th anniversary of Belfast’s Bloody Friday rolled round this week, and all these decades later we still don’t know how to bring a scintilla of healing to our collective wounds.

Such is the partisan nature of this place now that even the dead and injured are scrapped over. Sympathy is selective. Quasi-justifications are fired into cyberspace by anonymous gloaters desperate for another go. Young ‘ceasefire soldiers’ who missed it first time round.


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