ONE thing really jarred with me about the State visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain. Actually, there were a couple of things, but one of them didn’t occur until the interviews, as part of the massive coverage of the visit. Let me explain.
Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has requested the recall of the devolved Assembly after claiming a government deal that saw IRA terror suspects assured they would not be prosecuted also involved the granting of royal pardons.
The Northern Ireland Office report, released by the UK National Archives, details how the escape from the Maze Prison H-Block unfolded, and the UK Government’s determination that the IRA should not be able to gain from the episode.
Former Taoiseach Charles Haughey’s attempts to put pressure on the British government during the Falklands War backfired and threatened relations between the two countries at the highest level, Northern Ireland Office (NIO) files from 1982 claimed.