I asked a former paramilitary recently if 10 years ago he could have imagined that in his life the Troubles would be declared over, power would be devolved, and Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness would have such a good rapport as to earn them the monicker locally "the chuckle brothers". "No way," he said emphatically. "Not in a million years." It is a sentiment shared by many of us who lived through the 70s, 80s and 90s in Northern Ireland. The violence seemed so entrenched, so woven into the fabric of everyday life, that it was inconceivable an enduring political settlement could be found.… Seguir leyendo »
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