Restoring dignity to the memory of Denis Donaldson

Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams in Stormont in 2005. For us, his friends and family, Denis’s life - like most others - is remembered as a complicated and layered tapestry, which includes happy memories and fond attributes. Picture by Paul Faith, Press Association
DIGNITY is a preciously fragile commodity. Not to be treated lightly or traded loosely. Yet dignity is also a limitless gift. It springs from an infinite source, rising from within. In Irish tradition, dignity in death summons a special state of respect for whatever remains. A decade ago this week, Denis Donaldson was murdered in Donegal. Denis was in my family's life from my teenage years and I loved the part of him who was my friend. Four months beforehand, Denis announced that he’d long worked for British intelligence and Special Branch. In December 2005 – aft[...]

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