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Campaigner Trevor Ringland

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Shared future a long way off if republicans refer to a great man of peace as 'the likes of you' 

Trevor Ringland wrote on Saturday: "Just after the last Northern Ireland assembly elections I challenged a senior Sinn Fein figure. I said 'you have pressed the hate button during that election campaign and it's going to be very hard to put this back in its box'. His response was: 'I'll not take lectures from the likes of you.' I went back to my wife and I said: 'No matter what I say, there's no space in their Ireland for me.'"

IRA murder victim Jean McConville with her family

Ruth Dudley Edwards: They abducted, tortured and shot dead Jean McConville, but she hasn't gone away, you know 

One of my abiding hopes, and I am an optimist, is that Nemesis will yet catch up with Gerry Adams, that poster boy for Teflon. Last week my spirits lifted at the news that two of the producers of American Crime Story - a true crime series that has already successfully screened The People v OJ Simpson and The Assassination Of Gianni Versace - have taken out an option on Patrick Radden Keefe's book Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder And Memory In Northern Ireland, about what happened to widowed mother-of-10 Jean McConville in 1972.

Martina Anderson

Ruth Dudley Edwards: 'Infamous five' I'd dump in dreary place so they could contemplate their failings 

Annually, after wide consultation, I provide a list of people I think Northern Ireland would be better off without. Since the object of this exercise is not to depopulate the place dangerously, I've had to rule out such sweeping suggestions as "all Stormont MLAs and their Spads", "anyone with more than one woodchip boiler", "all rude anti-Brexiteers" and "anyone who begins a sentence on the radio with the word 'So'".

‘Irish nationalism has always had an uneasy relationship with the forces of law and order’

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Why did the Irish Government decide to boycott commemoration of the police who were murdered? 

The hatred of police is still alive and well in the psyche of extreme Irish republicans and it still contaminates wider public attitudes. Thus, as the commentator Stephen Collins pointed out in the Irish Times, last week the Irish Government ignored an interdenominational service at a Dublin church to commemorate the more than 500 members of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police who were murdered between 1919 and 1922.

The shelled-out remains of the GPO after the Easter Rising

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Constance Markievicz was last night commemorated as the first woman elected to parliament... but how many gathered in the Commons knew she was almost certainly a cold-blooded killer? 

Yesterday provided another rather bizarre moment in the complex Anglo-Irish relationship when a portrait of Constance Markievicz - a photographic reproduction of an oil painting from Dublin City Gallery - was presented to the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow by his counterpart in the Dail, Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail.

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