Chief Constable Matt Baggott oversaw the irrational HET report

Alex McLaughlin: the Death of an Activist

To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men. Protest, Ella Wheeler Wilcox The McGurk’s Bar campaign has lost one of its leading lights. Alex McLaughlin, son of Thomas, has died and we are poorer for it.   His loss is unfathomable for family members but may they take comfort that […]

Fusilier Thomas's record in 2RRF's War Diary

Fusilier Thomas: A Forgotten Victim

It was the reasoned crisis of his soul Against more days of inescapable thrall         S.I.W., Wilfred Owen Official records tend to be dry, perfunctory and prosaic. Documents like Director of Operations Brief, Duty Officer Report or Brigade Intelligence Summary may catalogue moments of violence and destruction but the words rarely convey context or the […]

Another Year… And We Are Still Waiting

ESTRAGON: (having tried in vain to work it out). I’m tired! (Pause.) Let’s go. VLADIMIR: We can’t. ESTRAGON: Why not? VLADIMIR: We’re waiting for Godot.   This time last year we launched our book at the historic Clifton House on North Queen Street which is just down the road from where McGurk’s Bar once stood. […]

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