“LET there be a round of applause throughout the nation when Garda Adrian Donohoe’s killers are caught.”
Those were the words of former Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews when he visited Dundalk last week to open an exhibition, based on the Troubles, at the County Museum Dundalk.
Mr Andrews expressed his deepest sympathy to the family of Detective Garda Donohoe and said: “when these thugs, these killers are caught, their should be a standing ovation throughout Ireland.
Mr Andrews was a key member of the Irish Government’s delegation that took part in the peace talks that led to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
He said at the beginning of the talks an RUC superintendent took him aside and and with tears in his eyes said: “please make sure these talks do not fail.
He said the resulting Good Friday Agreement was just “a step and nothing more”.
“So much has to be done,” he said, “and you are doing that here today with a programme of social involvement by all communities.”
The exhibition is called Everyday Objects Transformed by the Conflict. It features objects that have come from people’s homes and from museums, objects that record the thirty-year conflict in the North.
Reverend Harold Good, who witnessed the destruction of IRA weapons, which was part of the Good Friday Agreement, also spoke at the opening of the exhibition.
He said we must not forget the impact of these years.
“This is a story we don’t want to repeat,” he said. “We need to know something of these years so that we never go back there”.
Former republican prisoner Laurence McKeown, of the Aftermath project, which is behind the exhibition, said the reason the
The Aftermath is a cross-border project about people who were affected by the Northern Troubles. When it was launched in Dundalk it included the screening of a 10-minute film featuring Bridie O’Rourke, a sister of Jack Rooney killed in the Dundalk bombing of 1975.
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