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New Troubles files available online from today

Police at the Rising Sun bar in Greysteel, Co Derry on the morning after eight people were shot dead in 1993. Picture by Pacemaker

HUNDREDS of documents which trace the emergence of the peace process have been added to a key online Troubles archive.

The files, including some from 1993 and 1994, will be available on the CAIN website from today.

The documents include references to the role of the US administration and the involvement of the British and Irish governments in the peace process.

Other topics covered by the files include legal and security matters, fair employment and cultural issues.

1993 saw the IRA Shankill Road bombing and the UVF Greysteel massacre as well as the Downing Street Declaration.

The following year saw the Loughinisland massacre and the first IRA and loyalist ceasefires.

The documents have been added as part of ongoing work between Ulster University and the Public Record Office (PRONI).

Communities minister Deirdre Hargey said it was "essential that people have the opportunity to view records for themselves from our recent past".

"The fact that they have been digitised and are freely available online, highlights how technology is being used to promote the important archives held in PRONI," she said.

"This is especially important this year as it is opens up the records even when some visitor restrictions remain in place."

Dr Brendan Lynn, CAIN deputy director, said there are now more than 3,000 PRONI documents on the website.

"We believe it will be of great use to students, researchers, teachers and lecturers or to anyone with an interest in the recent political and social history of Northern Ireland," he said.

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