I’m sitting at my favourite table end in the kitchen where I eat, read, receive visitors, pontificate and occasionally doze. In the background I can hear TV voices chuntering on about the year’s biggest story so far, but I’ve tuned out having had my fill from wall-to-wall radio coverage all day long. Yes, Martin has indeed passed but not unnoticed.
In A Long Peace? The Future of Unionism in Northern Ireland, which I co-authored with Mick Fealty and David Steven in 2003, we concluded that for the union to survive it required ‘a firmer, bolder, more far sighted unionism’ and that people must want the union.
There is little to disagree with in powerful condemnations of the scandal of the Tuam babies, interred without ceremony or dignity in underground burial chambers, destined to be forgotten in perpetuity.