IRA to reveal secrets and atrocities as part of Irish truth process
Aging Irish Republican Army terrorists will confess decades-old atrocities as part of the proposed Irish truth process in Northern Ireland.
IRA terrorists have told the UK government they will release unseen details that could help bereaved families “find out the truth,” government sources told The Sunday Times in London.
“Our intelligence is that there are some who will want to come forward now because they are at an age where they want to take the load off and share information that could mean families are getting the truth they didn’t have,” a source told the newspaper.
The UK government is also preparing legislation that would effectively grant amnesty to all unrest-related prosecutions until 1998, when the Good Friday deal was reached..
He is also preparing to release files from the M15 intelligence agency on his activities during the unrest – the civil war between Catholic and Protestant populations that has plagued Northern Ireland for more than half a century.
The legislation aims to end litigation against British veterans – but would also mean an end to prosecutions against the IRA and loyalist paramilitaries.
Brandon Lewis, Secretary for Northern Ireland, plans an independent body modeled on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help family members understand what happened to lost loved ones and enable witnesses to testify without threat of prosecution.
Brendan Hughes, 74, former commander of the Provisional IRA, or PIRA, has said he would be ready to cooperate with such an investigation. Government sources told the newspaper that the big names in the IRA were also ready to testify.
“If anyone wanted to know anything about what I was involved in, I would be there. Everyone should come out and say, “We did it and that’s why we did it. I am very attached to truth and reconciliation because there will be no reconciliation until the truth is revealed, ”he told Irish News. “It was a dirty little colonial war and no one came out on top.”