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A turbulent year in Northern Ireland – POLITICO


Host Ailbhe Rea takes us on her year-long journey covering the British government’s controversial efforts to find peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland’s war-torn past.

She returns to her homeland to hear moving testimony from the families of some of those murdered during the Troubles, and their anger at Westminster’s proposals for an effective amnesty for those responsible.

But she also hears from Tory MPs – and ex-soldiers – like Johnny Mercer and Mark Francois, who say prosecuting elderly ex-servicemen for decades-old alleged crimes is vindictive and wrong.

And she speaks to Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, who last week published new legislation which he says will finally put an end to one of the darkest chapters in British history and modern Irish.



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