At the Joint Committee meeting, Pat Hynes of Glencree said: “Because of what history has handed us and where geography has placed us, and more importantly how the interplay of these two realities have shaped us, we are required to live with what I might call fuzzy edges at the extremity of our aspirations around ‘Unity’ or ‘Union’.
“It’s often said,” added Pat Hynes, “by victims and their families towards those who were lost in the Troubles that to be forgotten is to die twice over. Many see this legislation as the means to force society to forget and deny that there ever was a conflict, a war, a campaign or military operation and yet some 3,800 people lost their lives, with countless more by trauma-related suicide in the years since the signing of the Agreement.”
The Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Fergus O’Dowd warmly thanked the Glencree Team for their great work over the last 50 years including their present role in current challenges post-Brexit and the insightful presentation, along with the Q&A session that followed it, saying: "We look forward to continuing our reflections and dialogue on the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.” During the course of exchanges with Committee members, reference was also made for the need for greater focus on the emerging generation of political leaders both north and south.
Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas and the Committee who attended and engaged in a Q&A session, following Pat Hynes’ statement, with the Glencree team included Deputies Rose Conway-Walsh TD, Pauline Tully TD, and Frank Feighan TD, Senators Niall Blaney, Erin McGreehan, and Frances Black, and Stephen Farry MP and Claire Hanna MP.
Watch the recording here: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/oireachtas-tv/video-archive/committees/7868