Sleepwalking to the past
by Brian Rowan, Journalist
We are beginning to see how hazardous any exploration of the past will be.
It can be seen in the latest court battles over the Boston College tapes.
This time investigators want to listen in on what loyalist leader Winston ‘Winkie’ Rea told researchers involved in this oral history project.
We may not know the fine detail of Rea’s past, but we know his position and his side in the conflict years.
He was leader of the Red Hand Commando – an organisation closely associated with the UVF and with guns and bullets and killing.
Rea has been to jail.
But this is only one part of his story and his past.
The ceasefires were delivered by those who were in the thick of the violence and the orders – by the leaderships of the IRA and what was then a…
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