Seamus Heaney Disputed

The depiction of a meeting between poet and Nobel Literature Laureate Seamus Heaney and myself prior to the 1981 hunger strike is at odds with my recollection of events. Recently, a new book, ‘Stepping Stones – Interviews with Seamus Heaney’ by Dennis O’Driscoll , was...

‘Inside Northern Ireland’s Dirty War’

  BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme last Tuesday [27th January] began its new season of investigative documentaries with a feature on the wrongful convictions of myself and seven others in relation to the alleged kidnapping of IRA informer Sandy Lynch, and...

Dealing With The Past

  Saturday 24th January: spoke at symposium in the Waterfront after a matinee performance of Martin Lynch’s new play, ‘The Chronicles of Long Kesh’. Sunday 25th January: interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence. The subject of the discussion in the Waterfront...

Experience in Conflict

There will be on a panel discussion this Saturday [4.40pm, 24 January] in the Waterfront Hall after a matinee performance of ‘The Chronicles of Long Kesh’. Taking part will be Billy Hutchinson [former UVF prisoner], Brian Erskine [former prison officer], William...

On This Day

In 2004 I wrote for the Andersonstown News and said about Barack Obama: “as a potential Presidential candidate many years from now he is streets ahead of Hilary Clinton.” I called the piece, ‘A Politician to Watch’. Maybe now I’ll get a visa to enter the USA and...