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Máiría Cahill


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Jeffrey Donaldson, David Trimble and Reg Empey of the Ulster Unionists

Jeffrey Donaldson, David Trimble and Reg Empey of the Ulster Unionists

Mo Mowlam, John Hume and Gerry Adams in 1997. Picture by Brian Little/PA

Mo Mowlam, John Hume and Gerry Adams in 1997. Picture by Brian Little/PA

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Jeffrey Donaldson, David Trimble and Reg Empey of the Ulster Unionists

In July 1998 Richard, Mark and Jason Quinn were murdered when a loyalist petrol-bomb attack sent their Ballymoney house aflame in one of the most despicable acts of Northern Irish violence. They were aged just 10, nine and eight.

Later that summer came the horror of Omagh. One month after the bomb, the Manic Street Preachers’ song If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next, charted — an apt, yet eerily coincidental soundtrack to reflect the mood of Northern Ireland.


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